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  • cacoethes — itch for doing something, 1560s, from L., from Gk. kakoethes ill habit, wickedness, itch for doing (something), from kakos bad + ethe disposition, character (see ETHOS (Cf. ethos)). Most famously, in Juvenal s insanabile scribendi cacoethes… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cacoethes — Cac o*[ e] thes, n. [L., fr. Gr. ???????? of ill habits, ?? ???????? an ill habit; kako s bad + ? habit] 1. A bad custom or habit; an insatiable desire; as, caco[ e]thes scribendi, The itch for writing . Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A bad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cacoethes — index dipsomania Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cacoethes — [kak΄ō ē′thēz΄] n. [L < Gr kakoēthēs < kakos, bad + ēthos, habit: see ETHICAL] a hankering (to do something); mania …   English World dictionary

  • cacoëthes — /kak oh ee theez/, n. an irresistible urge; mania. Also, cacoethes. [1555 65; < L < Gk kakóethes, neut. (used as n.) of kakoéthes malignant, lit., of bad character; see CACO , ETHOS] * * * …   Universalium

  • cacoethes loquendi — /kak ō ēˈthēz or ka kō āthˈās lō kwenˈdī or lo kwenˈdē/ noun (Latin) A mania for talking, esp for giving speeches, literally an itch for speaking • • • Main Entry: ↑cacoethes …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cacoethes (moth) — Taxobox name = Cacoethes regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Lepidoptera familia = Arctiidae genus = Cacoethes Cacoethes is a genus of moth in the family Arctiidae.References* [… …   Wikipedia

  • cacoëthes scribendi — skrə̇ˈbendē, ˌdī noun Etymology: Latin : an uncontrollable urge to write his book tempts us to encourage him in a senile cacoëthes scribendi Spectator * * * cacoethes scribendi /skrī benˈdī or skrē benˈdē/ noun A mania for writing or getting… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cacoëthes — noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek kakoēthes wickedness, from neuter of kakoēthēs malignant, from kak cac + ēthos character more at sib Date: circa 1587 an insatiable desire ; mania …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cacoethes — n. unsatisfiable desire, mania; irrational but overwhelming motive for a belief, passion; bad habit …   English contemporary dictionary

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