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cacoethes


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cacoethes  \Cac`o*["e]"thes\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ????????  of  ill 
  habits,  ??  ????????  an  ill  habit;  ?  bad  +  ?  habit] 
  1.  A  bad  custom  or  habit;  an  insatiable  desire;  as 
  caco["e]thes  scribendi  ``The  itch  for  writing''. 
  --Addison. 
 
  2.  (Med.)  A  bad  quality  or  disposition  in  a  disease;  an 
  incurable  ulcer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cacoethes 
  n  :  an  irrational  but  irresistible  motive  for  a  belief  or  action 
  [syn:  {mania},  {passion}] 




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