Definition of addiction in English:


Line breaks: ad|dic¦tion
Pronunciation: /əˈdɪkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity: he committed the offence to finance his drug addiction addiction to crack cocaine is spreading [count noun]: an addiction to gambling
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    • It is widely used as a substitute for patients who are attempting to combat addiction to heroin.
    • The suicide rate is one of the highest in Europe, and there is alcoholism and drug addiction.
    • The excess body weight has now gone, along with his addiction to alcohol and drugs.
    dependency, dependence, craving, habit, weakness, compulsion, fixation, enslavement
    informal monkey
    North American informal jones


late 16th century (denoting a person's inclination or proclivity): from Latin addictio(n-), from addicere 'assign' (see addicted).

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