Definitions

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

  • n. Nicotine poisoning, caused by excessive use of tobacco and marked by depression of the central and autonomic nervous systems.

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  • n. nicotine poisoning (especially as a result of tobacco use)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The morbid condition produced by the excessive use of tobacco.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The various morbid effects of the excessive use of tobacco.

Etymologies

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nicotine +‎ -ism

Examples

  • He complained in his diary of languor from “nicotinism” and briefly quit smoking.

    Sea of Thunder

  • Tobacco: instruction at school, 3; economic injuries of, 201; forbidden to employees, 210; evils of nicotinism, 363-368, 386

    Civics and Health

  • Parents: and school hygiene, 3; interested by examinations, 41; should coöperate with physician, 279; interested in school examinations, 297; need health reports, 310; heredity, 335-342; nicotinism, 368

    Civics and Health

  • Like alcoholism and nicotinism, the saddest results of sex diseases are social and economic.

    Civics and Health

  • A man whose fingers are yellow, nerves shaky, eyes unsteady, and mind alternately sleepy and hilarious from cigarettes, cannot convey pictures of normal, healthy physical living, nor can he successfully teach the moral and social evils of nicotinism.

    Civics and Health

  • An employer can easily protect his business from loss due to alcoholism among his own employees; but loss through employees 'constipation, headache, bad ventilation at home, irregular meals, improper diet, too many night parties, nicotinism, personal uncleanliness, is loss much harder to anticipate and avoid.

    Civics and Health

  • Industrial insurance companies and mutual benefit societies are doing much to educate laborers regarding the effect upon vitality of certain dangerous and unsanitary trades, and of certain unhygienic habits, such as alcoholism and nicotinism.

    Civics and Health

  • Were it not for the social and industrial consequences of drunkenness and nicotinism, it is doubtful if the most lurid picture of fatty degeneration, alcoholic consumption, hardened liver, inactive stomach lining, would outweigh the pleasing -- and deceiving -- sensations of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.

    Civics and Health

  • If the two first-mentioned weapons are effectively used, there will be an increasing proportion of nonsmokers and not-yet-smokers who will give attentive ear to proof that nicotinism is a nuisance.

    Civics and Health

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