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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An irresistible compulsion; a mania.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin cacoēthes, from neuter of Greek kakoēthēs, ill-disposed : kakos, bad; see kakka- in Indo-European roots + ēthos, disposition; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.

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