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chronic (adj.)

early 15c., cronik, of diseases, "lasting a long time," from Old French chronique and directly from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos "of time, concerning time," from khronos "time" (see chrono-). Vague disapproving sense (from 17c.) is from association with diseases and later addictions. Literal sense "pertaining to time" is rare in English. As a popular slang catch-all word for "cannabis," popularized from 1992 by "The Chronic," an album released by rapper Dr. Dre; said to be because it described especially potent marijuana, on the notion of "extreme, severe." Related: Chronical; chronically.

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Definitions of chronic from WordNet

chronic (adj.)
being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering;
a chronic invalid
chronic indigestion
a chronic shortage of funds
chronic (adj.)
of long duration;
chronic money problems
Synonyms: continuing
chronic (adj.)
habitual;
a chronic smoker
Synonyms: inveterate
From wordnet.princeton.edu