Examples from the Web for cacoethes
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
But the cacoethes scribendi possesses me, and all my leisure hours are devoted to a Suite.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
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.
British Dictionary definitions for cacoethes
Word Origin for cacoethes
Word Origin and History for cacoethes
"itch for doing something," 1560s, from Latinized form of Greek kakoethes "ill-habit, wickedness, itch for doing (something)," from kakos "bad" (see caco-) + ethe- "disposition, character" (see ethos). Most famously, in Juvenal's insanabile scribendi cacoethes "incurable passion for writing."