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an irresistible urge; mania.
Historical Examples

Combed Out Fritz August Voigt
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866 Various
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam Ephraim Emerton
Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
White Lies Charles Reade
The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Modeste Tchaikovsky

an uncontrollable urge or desire, esp for something harmful; mania: a cacoethes for smoking


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