Meaning of absinthism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈabsɪnθɪz(ə)m/


historical Medicine
  • Acute or (usually) chronic intoxication with absinthe.

    Absinthism was said to be characterized by hallucinations, seizures, sleep disorders, and ultimately death. It has often been attributed to poisoning by thujone (absinthol), which is present in absinthe, but may have been simply a severe form of alcoholism.


Mid 19th century. From French absinthisme from absinthe + -isme.