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addiction

ad·dic·tion

addiction

 
pronunciation:
dIk shn
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part of speech: noun
definition: the condition of being addicted, esp. to a narcotic substance.
He'd started smoking recently and was already developing an addiction to nicotine.
synonyms:
dependence, habit
similar words:
alcoholism, craving, dipsomania, monkey on one's back
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The word addiction contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.