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Addict   /ədˈɪkt/  /ˈædˌɪkt/   Listen

Someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction.  Synonyms: freak, junkie, junky, nut.  "A car nut" , "A bodybuilding freak" , "A news junkie"
Someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms.

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"Addict" Quotes from Famous Books

... mention of his favourite studies, by a severe censure of those who want the due regard for their native country. He informed me, that he had early withdrawn his attention from foreign trifles, and that since he began to addict his mind to serious and manly studies, he had very carefully amassed all the English books that were printed in the black character. This search he had pursued so diligently, that he was able to shew the deficiencies of the best catalogues. ...
— The Works of Samuel Johnson - Volume IV [The Rambler and The Adventurer] • Samuel Johnson

... of thanks. He paced back and forth, unable to sit. The whole proposition made him angry—yet at the same time had a fatal fascination. He was a gambler and this talk was like the taste of drugs to an addict. ...
— Deathworld • Harry Harrison

... had, with all her sweetness.—I think it was that which hanged her, as his strong arm hanged Minister George Burroughs;—but it may have been a little mole on one cheek, which the artist had just hinted as a beauty rather than a deformity. You know, I suppose, that nursling imps addict themselves, after the fashion of young opossums, to these little excrescences. "Witch-marks" were good evidence that a young woman was one of the Devil's wet-nurses;—I should like to have seen you make fun of them in those days!—Then ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 25, November, 1859 • Various

... in a few months. How would you feel, knowing that your daughter had been so degraded by a drug as to sell herself to anybody with enough money to buy her a fix? An innocent, playful sniff at a party, and some punk, probably an addict himself, had trapped her in order to finance his own habit. They talk about cures, but people on the inside know that permanent escape from the trap is as rare as portraits of Trotsky in Russia. Or integrity among ...
— Revenge • Arthur Porges

... proceedings of these societies. These last attempts to save the Roman theology, like the kindred efforts of Cato in the field of politics, produce at once a comical and a melancholy impression; we may smile at the creed and its propagators, but still it is a grave matter when even able men begin to addict themselves to absurdity. ...
— The History of Rome (Volumes 1-5) • Theodor Mommsen

... zeal for many years; although, in the pursuit of the distinctions which my father sought, I continued to addict myself to controversy. When about twenty-five years old, and my beard had acquired a respectable consistency, I went to Ispahan in order to improve myself by associating with our celebrated doctors, and to make my own abilities known by the part which I might take in their ...
— The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan • James Morier

Words linked to "Addict" :   substance abuser, habituate, speed freak, accustom, partizan, drug user, partisan, enthusiast, use, junkie, gym rat, user

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