addicted, devoted

addicted, devoted
Addicted has an unfavorable or undesirable sense of "given to a practice or habit." Devoted also suggests attachment but only to that which the speaker or writer considers good, beneficial, or favorable."He was addicted to narcotics (or lying or thievery or alcohol)." "Jim was devoted to his mother (or his country or good literature)." If you approve of mystery stories, for example, you may say that a friend of yours is devoted to such reading; if you dislike mysteries, you may say that he is addicted to them.

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  • devoted — See addicted. See addicted, devoted …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • addicted — See addicted, devoted …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • addicted — [adj] dependent on something, compulsive absorbed, accustomed, attached, dependent, devoted, disposed, fanatic, fond, given over to, given to, habituated, hooked, hyped*, imbued, inclined, obsessed, predisposed, prone to, spaced out*, strung out* …   New thesaurus

  • addicted — ► ADJECTIVE 1) physically dependent on a particular substance. 2) devoted to a particular interest or activity. ORIGIN from Latin addicere assign …   English terms dictionary

  • Addicted — Addict Ad*dict , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Addicted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Addicting}.] [L. addictus, p. p. of addicere to adjudge, devote; ad + dicere to say. See {Diction}.] 1. To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; with to. They addict… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • addicted — adj. (foll. by to) 1 dependent on as a habit; unable to do without (addicted to heroin; addicted to smoking). 2 devoted (addicted to football) …   Useful english dictionary

  • addicted — ad dic·ted || tɪd adj. devoted to a certain habit, dependent upon ad·dict || ædɪkt n. one who is devoted to a certain habit; habitual drug user v. cause to become dependent on, cause to become addicted to (a habit forming substance);… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • addicted — adjective 1》 physically dependent on a particular substance. 2》 informal devoted to a particular interest or activity: he s addicted to computers. Origin C16: from the obs. adjective addict bound or devoted , from L. addict , addicere assign ,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • addicted — adjective 1) he was addicted to tranquilizers Syn: dependent on; informal hooked on, strung out on 2) she became addicted to the theater Syn: devoted to, obsessed with, fixated on, dedicated to, fanatical about, passionate about, enamored of …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • addicted — addictedness, n. /euh dik tid/, adj. devoted or given up to a practice or habit or to something psychologically or physically habit forming (usually fol. by to): to be addicted to drugs. [1550 60; ADDICT + ED2] * * * …   Universalium