cacoethes







cacoethes


noun

  1. an irresistible urge; mania.

noun

  1. an uncontrollable urge or desire, esp for something harmful; maniaa cacoethes for smoking
n.

“itch for doing something,” 1560s, from Latinized form of Greek kakoethes “ill-habit, wickedness, itch for doing (something),” from kakos “bad” (see caco-) + ethe- “disposition, character” (see ethos). Most famously, in Juvenal’s insanabile scribendi cacoethes “incurable passion for writing.”

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