- an irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin of dipsomania
1835–45; < New Latin < Greek díps(a) thirst + -o- -o- + manía -mania
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Examples from the Web for dipsomania
It's best not to be too intelligent about insanity and dipsomania and all the other hereditary details.Dear Enemy
Then I remembered our enthusiasm over the Palace of Dipsomania.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
It is, however, as an authority on dipsomania that he is best known.The Quiver, 2/1900
From this it is but a step to dipsomania, which can often be cured.Psychical Miscellanea
J. Arthur Hill
They may show themselves in periodical acts, as in dipsomania.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
- a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages
C19: New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + -mania
Word Origin and History for dipsomania
1843, "morbid craving for alcohol," coined in medical Latin from Greek dipsa "thirst" (of unknown origin) + mania.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.