cacoëthes

noun
caco·​ë·​thes | \ ˌka-kə-ˈwē-(ˌ)thēz How to pronounce cacoëthes (audio) , -kō-ˈē- \

Definition of cacoëthes

: an insatiable desire : mania

First Known Use of cacoëthes

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cacoëthes

Latin, from Greek kakoēthes wickedness, from neuter of kakoēthēs malignant, from kak- cac- + ēthos character — more at sib

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The first known use of cacoëthes was circa 1587

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“Cacoëthes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caco%C3%ABthes. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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