The etymology and early history of ‘addiction’

  title={The etymology and early history of ‘addiction’},
  author={Richard J. Rosenthal and Suzanne B. Faris},
  journal={Addiction Research \& Theory},
  pages={437 - 449}
Abstract Contemporary usage of addiction is contradictory and confusing; the term is highly stigmatizing but popularly used to describe almost any strong desire, passion or pursuit. Does current usage involve a recent corruption of the term or is there a history of conflicting meanings? Method: A diachronic etymological study of the terms ‘addict,’ ‘addicted’ and ‘addiction,’ informed by contemporary linguistic theory and utilizing primary and secondary sources in Archaic and Classical Latin… 
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