Definition of addiction in English:


Syllabification: ad·dic·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈdikSH(ə)n


The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity: he committed the theft to finance his drug addiction an addiction to gambling
More example sentences
  • 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, habit, problem
devotion to, dedication to, obsession with, infatuation with, passion for, love of, mania for, enslavement to


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

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