dipsomania

noun

dip·​so·​ma·​nia ˌdip-sə-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce dipsomania (audio)
-nyə
: an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors
dipsomaniac noun
dipsomaniacal adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So adding a hefty pour of ginger beer, some lime juice, and a dope copper mug to your vodka transforms your dipsomania into an actual weekend event. Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, 15 May 2015 While anxious weirdos were sprinting to the Piggly Wiggly to stock up on Wonder Bread and milk before the impending snowstorm hit, savvy folks focused more on their looming dipsomania. Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, 23 Jan. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + Late Latin mania

First Known Use

circa 1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dipsomania was circa 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Dipsomania.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dipsomania. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

dipsomania

noun
dip·​so·​ma·​nia ˌdip-sə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə How to pronounce dipsomania (audio)
: an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors
dipsomaniac noun
dipsomaniacal adjective

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