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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dik-shuh n]
    • /əˈdɪk ʃən/
    • /əˈdɪk.tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dik-shuh n]
    • /əˈdɪk ʃən/

Definitions of addiction word

  • variable noun addiction Addiction is the condition of taking harmful drugs and being unable to stop taking them. 3
  • variable noun addiction An addiction to something is a very strong desire or need for it. 3
  • noun addiction the condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit, esp compulsive dependency on narcotic drugs 3
  • noun addiction the condition of being addicted (to a habit) or of being an addict; specif., the habitual use of narcotic drugs 3
  • noun addiction the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. 1
  • noun addiction The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. 1

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Origin of addiction

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < Latin addictiōn- (stem of addictiō) a giving over, surrender. See addict, -ion

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Addiction


addiction popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

addiction usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for addiction

noun addiction

  • shot — a discharge of a firearm, bow, etc.
  • bent — Bent is the past tense and past participle of bend.
  • bag — A bag is a container made of thin paper or plastic, for example one that is used in shops to put things in that a customer has bought.
  • fixation — the act of fixing or the state of being fixed.
  • obsession — the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.

Antonyms for addiction

noun addiction

  • indifference — lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.

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