Origin of addiction
Examples from the Web for addiction
What made you want to write a memoir now about your “addiction” to film?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I had graduated NYU just a few years earlier and begun a career in publishing, but the addiction got the best of me.
The lure and addiction of gaming—which went back to pinball, of course—became a sensation with Asteroids.
Those suffering from addiction in the streets risk disease, overdose, and death.World Leaders' Proposal for Winning the War on Drugs: Legalize It!|Abby Haglage|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Addiction is a human problem, and this is the Native American version of it.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work|William O’Connor|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The man's purplish red face, his heavy eyelids, the nervous twitchings, all spoke of his addiction to drink.The Mystery of the Yellow Room|Gaston Leroux
No nation, indeed, can reproach another nation with its addiction to magic without in an equal degree condemning itself.Magic and Witchcraft|Anonymous
Perhaps the ordinary public has seldom been more unjust than in its estimate of Coleridge's addiction to opium.The Philosophy of Natural Theology|William Jackson
Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.
Addiction crowds out friendship, ambition, moral conviction, and reduces all the richness of life to a single destructive desire.
British Dictionary definitions for addiction
Word Origin and History for addiction
c.1600, "tendency," of habits, pursuits, etc.; 1640s as "state of being self-addicted," from Latin addictionem (nominative addictio) "an awarding, a devoting," noun of action from past participle stem of addicere (see addict). Earliest sense was less severe: "inclination, penchant," but this has become obsolete. In main modern sense it is first attested 1906, in reference to opium (there is an isolated instance from 1779, with reference to tobacco).