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 for cacoethes
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cacoethes \Cac`o*["e]"thes\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ???????? of ill
     habits, ?? ???????? an ill habit; kako`s bad + ? habit]
     1. A bad custom or habit; an insatiable desire; as,
        caco["e]thes scribendi, "The itch for writing". --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Med.) A bad quality or disposition in a disease; an
        incurable ulcer.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or
           action [syn: mania, passion, cacoethes]

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