- an irresistible urge; mania.
Origin of cacoëthes
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Examples from the Web for cacoethes
I do not believe that there are any cases of the cacoethes subscribendi.
Erasmus shared with most scholars of the Renaissance the cacoethes scribendi.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam
As cool as you like old Peter replied, 'Cacoethes loquendi.'Combed Out</p>
Fritz August Voigt
This cacoethes scribendi is the pest of every local curiosity or public watering-place.
Among the rest she was seized with what we men call a cacoethes of the needle: "a raging desire" for work.White Lies
- an uncontrollable urge or desire, esp for something harmful; maniaa cacoethes for smoking
C16: from Latin cacoēthes malignant disease, from Greek kakoēthēs of an evil disposition, from kakos caco- + ēthos character
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Word Origin and History for cacoethes
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