[ kak-oh-ee-theez ]
/ ˌkæk oʊˈi θiz /
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an irresistible urge; mania.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Words nearby cacoëthes
cacodylate, cacodyl group, cacodylic, cacodylic acid, cacoepy, cacoëthes, cacogenics, cacography, cacology, cacomistle, caconym
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How to use cacoëthes in a sentence
Erasmus shared with most scholars of the Renaissance the cacoethes scribendi.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam|Ephraim Emerton
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|Charles Reade
As cool as you like old Peter replied, 'Cacoethes loquendi.'Combed Out|Fritz August Voigt
I do not believe that there are any cases of the cacoethes subscribendi.
British Dictionary definitions for cacoëthes
/ (ˌkækəʊˈiːθiːz) /
an uncontrollable urge or desire, esp for something harmful; maniaa cacoethes for smoking
Derived forms of cacoethescacoethic (ˌkækəʊˈɛθɪk), adjective
Word Origin for cacoethes
C16: from Latin cacoēthes malignant disease, from Greek kakoēthēs of an evil disposition, from kakos caco- + ēthos character
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