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An irresistible compulsion; a mania.
(Pathology) an uncontrollable urge or desire, esp for something harmful; mania: a cacoethes for smoking.
[C16: from Latin cacoēthes malignant disease, from Greek kakoēthēs of an evil disposition, from kakos caco- + ēthos character]
or cac•o•e•thes(ˌkæk oʊˈi θiz)
an irresistible urge; mania.
a chronic and overwhelming desire; mania. — cacoethic, adj.See also: Disease and Illness
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|Noun||1.||cacoethes - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action|
irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
agromania - an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
dipsomania, potomania, alcoholism - an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
egomania - an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs
kleptomania - an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
phaneromania - an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
pyromania - an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
trichotillomania - an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair