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Friday, November 25, 2011

Definitions for dipsomania

  1. An irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drink.

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Citations for dipsomania
During his last years he'd become a regular drinking companion of Roosevelt's younger brother, Elliot, whose life was also ended by dipsomania some years later. Caleb Carr, The Alienist
What exactly has Mr. Waugh in mind, one would like to know, in making the perhaps too charming young man a dipsomania? Is it no more than that, being himself an unsatisfactory Roman Catholic, Sebastian lacked the will to resist drink? Martin Stannard, Evelyn Waugh: The Critical Heritage
Origin of dipsomania
Dipsomania literally means crazy thirst from the Greek dips (thirst) and mania (crazy).