Cacoethes meaning

kăkō-ēthēz
An irresistible compulsion; a mania.
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A hankering (to do something); mania.
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An irresistible compulsion; a mania.
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Origin of cacoethes

  • Latin cacoēthes from neuter of Greek kakoēthēs ill-disposed kakos bad kakka- in Indo-European roots ēthos disposition s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin, from Ancient Greek κακοήθης (kakoēthēs, “ill-disposed”) from κακός (kakos, “bad”) + ἦθος (ēthos, “disposition, nature”).

    From Wiktionary