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dipsomaniac (n.)

"drunkard, one suffering from an uncontrollable craving for strong drink," 1844, from dipsomania on the model of maniac. Slang shortening dipso is attested by 1880.

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dipsomania (n.)

1843, "morbid craving for alcohol," also used of the temporary madness caused by excessive drinking, coined in medical Latin from Greek dipsa "thirst" (which is of unknown origin) + mania. It is recorded earlier in Italian (1829) and German (1830) medical works.

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