Definition of


  1. (noun, motive) an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

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Synonyms of Cacoethes

mania, passion

Origin of the word Cacoethes

  1. "itch for doing something," 1560s, from L., from Gk. kakoethes "ill-habit, wickedness, itch for doing (something)," from kakos "bad" + ethe- "disposition, character" (see ethos). Most famously, in Juvenal's insanabile scribendi cacoethes "incurable passion for writing." more

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