Addiction - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈdɪkʃn|  American pronunciation of the word addiction
Brit.  |əˈdɪkʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word addiction


- being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs) (syn: dependance, dependence, dependency, habituation)
- an abnormally strong craving
- (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master

under Roman law addiction was the justification for slavery


He has a drug addiction.

His life has been ruined by heroin addiction.

He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.

She helped him fight his drug addiction.

He needed money to feed his addiction to gambling.

I discovered an addiction to housework which I had never felt before.

under Roman law addiction was the justification for slavery

He is trying to save his marriage by going to counseling for his drug addiction.

Her drug addiction brought her to the brink of ruin.

her slow descent to a life of addiction

Books are an addiction, that, when aroused in earnest, is rarely calmed.

...a novel about a libidinous lawyer who becomes an abject slave to his sexual addiction...

... this movie isn't a soft-pedaled, poignant tale of addiction and recovery—it's just about the addiction.

people caught in the snare of drug addiction

His addiction has turned him into a cheat and a liar.

Word forms

singular: addiction
plural: addictions
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