cacoethes

Definitions of cacoethes
  1. noun
    an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
    synonyms: mania, passion
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    agromania
    an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
    alcoholism, dipsomania, potomania
    an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
    egomania
    an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs
    kleptomania
    an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
    logomania, logorrhea
    pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking
    monomania, possession
    a mania restricted to one thing or idea
    necromania, necrophilia, necrophilism
    an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies
    phaneromania
    an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
    pyromania
    an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
    trichotillomania
    an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
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    irrational motive
    a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
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