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căcŏēthĕs , is, n., = κακόηθες, τό (bad state or habit);
I.in medic. lang.,an obstinate, malignant disease, Cels. 5, 28, n 2; Plin. 24, 3, 3, § 7.—Plur. cacoëthe = κακοήθη, τά, Plin. 22, 25, 64, § 132; 24, 10, 47, § 78. —Hence,
B. Trop., an incurable passion for writing or scribbling: “insanabile Scribendi cacoëthes,Juv. 7, 52.
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