[dip-suh-mey-nee-uh, -soh-]


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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Historical Examples of dipsomania

  • It's best not to be too intelligent about insanity and dipsomania and all the other hereditary details.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Eugene S. Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for dipsomania



a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages

Word Origin for dipsomania

C19: New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + -mania
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Word Origin and History for dipsomania

1843, "morbid craving for alcohol," coined in medical Latin from Greek dipsa "thirst" (of unknown origin) + mania.

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dipsomania in Medicine


[dĭp′sə-mānē-ə, -mānyə]


An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.
Related formsdip′so•mani•ac (-ăk′) adj. n.dip′so•ma•nia•cal (-mə-nīə-kəl) adj.
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