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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun addiction:

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Definition of the noun addiction

What does addiction mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: addictions

  1. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  2. an abnormally strong craving
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic word: craving = an intense desire for some particular thing
  3. (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master

Alternative definition of the noun addiction


  1. The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination.
  2. A habit or practice that damages, jeopardizes or shortens one's life but when ceased causes trauma.
  3. A pathological relationship to mood altering experience that has life damaging consequences.


  1. "Addiction" is a 2004 Finnish romantic drama film directed by Minna Virtanen. It is the last film in the Restless trilogy, preceded by Restless and Me and Morrison.
  2. "Addiction" a.k.a. "Addicted" is a 2002 South Korean thriller film directed by Park Young-hoon and starring Lee Byung-hun and Lee Mi-yeon. In 2009 it was remade into an American film called Possession.
  3. "Addiction" is a film, directed by James Tucker.
  4. "Addiction" is a short film, directed by Danny Dzhurayev.
  5. "Addiction" is a film directed by Bhaumik Mevada.
    • released in


  1. "Addiction" is a song by Danish singer Medina from her international debut studio album Welcome to Medina. It was released as the third single from the album on 1 November 2010. The electro-pop song was written by Medina, Providers and Lisa Greene and it was produced by Providers. "Addiction" peaked at number one in Denmark, becoming Medina's fifth number-one single. In the United States, the song peaked at number one on Billboard '​s Hot Dance Airplay chart.
  2. "Addiction" is a studio album by former Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Trapeze vocalist/ bassist Glenn Hughes. It was released in 1996 on Zero Corporation, SPV and Shrapnel records and was Hughes’ fifth solo studio album.
  3. "Addiction" is the latest album from R&B singer Chico DeBarge. It was released on July 14, 2009.
  4. "Addiction" is a song by the band Skinny Puppy, taken from their 1987 album Cleanse Fold and Manipulate. It was released on vinyl in 1987 and released on CD in 1991 and 1997.
  5. "Addiction" is a song by American hip hop and R&B; record producer, singer-songwriter and recording artist Ryan Leslie. Released as the second single from his self-titled debut album, Ryan Leslie, the single features Leslie's protégé Cassie and frequent collaborator Fabolous. It was sent to Urban & Rhythmic radio stations July 7, 2008.
  6. "Addiction" is a composition.
  7. "Addiction" is a musical album of Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  8. "Addiction" is a composition.
  9. "Addiction" is a musical album of SS-Kaliert.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  10. "Addiction" is a composition.
  11. "Addiction" is a musical single of Skinny Puppy.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  12. "Addiction" is a 2008 studio single by Ryan Leslie, featuring Cassie Ventura and Fabolous.
  13. "Addiction" is a musical EP of Herbert.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  14. "ADDICTION" is a musical single of Tasty.
    • released on
  15. "Addiction" is a musical single of The Almighty.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  16. "Addiction" is a musical album of Quarterfly.
    • released on
  17. "Addiction" is a musical single of Sister Machine Gun.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  18. "Addiction" is a musical album of Ganja White Night.
    • released on
  19. "Addiction" is a musical EP of Betrayed.
    • released on (9 years ago)


Addiction is a musical group.

  • albums: "Blind Soldier Kids", "Punk Alien Razar"


  1. Addiction is a state defined by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. It can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors. The two properties that characterize all addictive stimuli are that they are reinforcing and intrinsically rewarding.
    • also known as الإدمان, الاعتماد, 成瘾
  2. Addiction is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1884 by the Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and other Drugs. It covers original research relating to alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco, and behavioural addictions.
  3. Addiction: The feature length documentary film ADDICTION brings together the nation's leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction with a collection of award-winning filmmakers to shed light on addiction, its causes and the latest and most prominent developments in treatments. Its focus is on case studies and new medical treatments. A supplementary series of 13 short films delves deeper into the various dimensions of addiction.
  4. Addiction is a TV Spot.

Phrases with Addiction

  1. drug addiction
  2. Multi-Addiction
  3. heroin addiction
  4. alcohol addiction
  5. caffein addiction
  6. cocaine addiction
  7. nicotine addiction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Addiction

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Google previewHandbook of Psychiatric Drug Therapy (2012)

by Lawrence A. Labbate, Maurizio Fava, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, George W. Arana

Addiction is the end stage of substance abuse, defined as a compulsive behavior , usually drug use, that is continued despite negative consequences. The results for the person, family, and society may be severe. Addiction is a chronic and ...

Google previewTheory of Addiction (2013)

by Robert West, Jamie Brown

Addiction is a matter of perspective According to this model, the concept of addiction is an illusion that stems from the failure of perspective on the part of onlookers. We see the life the addict leads and we imagine a life that would be so much ...

Google previewAnatomy of a Food Addiction (2010)

The Brain Chemistry of Overeating by Anne Katherine

ADDICTION IS AN ILLNESS KX SET UP TO FAIL For years, we have been saying to ourselves and hearing others say to us—both rudely and subtly—that all we have to do is stop eating: “Put down the fork. You'd be so pretty if you lost weight.

Google previewNeurobiology of Addictions (2014)

Implications for Clinical Practice by Shulamith L A Straussner, Richard T. Spence, Diana M. Dinitto

Biology or nobiology, there remain deep seated and firmly held ideological convictionsthat addiction is a moral problem, pure andsimple,and thatnoamount of“treatment” is going tomake any difference. Attitudes may be changing somewhat as ...

Google previewSHADOW CHILDREN ~ Understanding the Nation's #1 Problem (2004)

Addiction is the inability to say "No" to an event, substance, or person that causes life-damaging consequences physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, or financially. Addiction is a prominent adaptation that people manifest ...

Google previewPocket Dictionary of Ethics (2010)

Over 300 Terms & Ideas Clearly & Concisely Defined by Stanley J. Grenz, Jay T. Smith

addiction. The condition of being given to habitual dependency. This dependency can manifest itself in various forms, such as substance addiction (*drugs, alcohol and stimulants), sexual addiction or activity ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Media Effects, 4 Volume Set (2017)

by Patrick R?ssler

Some scholars prefer the term “addiction tendency” in discussing the issue. By using Likert scales in measuring the strength of each symptom, researchers have distinguished different addiction levels among targeted populations. Previous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Aging and Public Health (2008)

by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Addiction or ''chemical dependence'' is clearly a chronic disease of the brain that bears no relationship with morality, education, social class, or ethnicity. It is a primarily genetic illness that clusters fairly heavily in families.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (2009)

by Gary L. Fisher, Nancy A. Roget

Ironically, Goldberg is still one of those skeptics who refuse to recognize Internet addiction as a real addiction, calling it simply a symptom of other, existing disorders. Many researchers agree with Goldberg. Sara Keisler, of Carnegie Mellon ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006)

by Melissa Hope Ditmore

Anne Marie Fowler ADDICTION. The term “addiction” can be applied to a diverse range of activities, including gambling, ...

Google previewThe A-Z Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002)

by Thomas Nordegren

The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 aims to prevent and combat drug addiction by means of co-ordinated international drug control action. Essentially, the Convention seeks to limit the possession, use, trade, distribution, import, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

and Carl Jung attempted to develop theories of, and treatments for, drug addiction. The U.S. government created the first prison farm/hospital in 1929 ...

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Quotes about Addiction

It's an addiction... and addiction is something I should know something about. (Keith Richards)
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Scrabble value of A1D2D2I1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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