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addict

Line breaks: ad¦dict
Pronunciation: /ˈadɪkt
 
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Definition of addict in English:

noun

1A person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug: a former heroin addict
More example sentences
  • But do they suffer the same level of discrimination as drug users or addicts?
  • A heroin addict who ran a drugs den frequented by dealers at all hours of the day has been jailed for 18 months.
  • She lived the typical chaotic lifestyle of a heroin addict and a convicted drug dealer had access to her flat.
Synonyms
informal junkie, druggy, druggie, space cadet, -freak, -head, -fiend, tripper, hype, hypo, cokey, pill popper, metho
North American informal hophead, hoppy, needle man, schmecker, snowbird
informal , dated drugger
North American informal , dated dope, dopester, junker, snifter
1.1 [with modifier] informal An enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity: a self-confessed chocolate addict
More example sentences
  • The Elvis impersonator and telly addict is back on the box tomorrow.
  • My friend, who is a self-confessed salad addict and doesn't eat meat, opted for the salad nicoise.
  • This piece of literature appeals to the tastes of many, whether you're a history buff or sex addict.
Synonyms
enthusiast, fan, fanatic, lover, devotee, aficionado, master, wizard;
informal buff, freak, nut, fiend, maniac, ace
North American informal geek, jock
South African informal fundi

Origin

early 20th century: from the obsolete verb addict, which was a back-formation from addicted.

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  • verdict from (Middle English):

    After the Norman Conquest, French became the language of the law in England and many French legal terms made their way into English. Verdict came immediately from French, but goes back to Latin verus ‘true’, source also of verify (Middle English), veritable (Late Middle English), and very (Middle English), and dicere ‘to say’, from which addict (mid 16th century) originally ‘assigned by decree’ and so bound to something; condition (Middle English) speaking with, agreement; contradiction (Late Middle English) ‘speaking against’; dictate (early 17th century); predict (late 16th century) ‘speaking in advance’; and numerous other words derive.

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