nounrare in singular
An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable.‘The serial killer was unable to control his desire to maim; he had a cacoethes for hurting innocent people.’
longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, hungering, thirst, pining, desire, want, wish, fancy, urge, need, appetite, greed, lust, ache, burning, addiction, aspiration, aim, goal
- ‘And, it does so without engaging in sophistry, for the true horror writer is consumed by a cacoethes to engage his moral imagination, to reveal a sliver of the transcendent.’
- ‘We began as two guys with a cacoethes for creating simple, effective and sustainable solutions that will help to save environment, people and business.’
Mid 16th century via Latin from Greek kakoēthes ‘ill-disposed’, from kakos ‘bad’ + ēthos ‘disposition’.
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