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ad·dic·tion

addiction

 
 
pronunciation:
dIk shn
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part of speech: noun
definition: the condition of being addicted, especially to something that is not good for one's health.
His addiction to coffee has caused his heart to race.
synonyms:
habit
similar words:
alcoholism
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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-.
dic, dict Latin root that means speak, declare
-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.