addict
\ \ [16] Originally, addict was an adjective in English, meaning ‘addicted’. It was borrowed from Latin addictus, the past participle of addicere, which meant ‘give over or award to someone’. This in turn was formed from the prefix ad- ‘to’ and the verb dicere. The standard meaning of dicere was ‘say’ (as in English diction, dictionary, and dictate), but it also had the sense ‘adjudge’ or ‘allot’, and that was its force in addicere.
\ \ Cf.DICTATE, DICTION, DICTIONARY

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
(commonly in a bad sense), , , , (habitually), ,


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  • addict — ad·dict 1 /ə dikt/ vt: to cause (a person) to become physiologically dependent upon a drug ad·dict 2 / a dikt/ n: one who is addicted to a drug Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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