Definition of cacoethes in English:

cacoethes

noun

rare
  • [in singular] An urge to do something inadvisable.

    • ‘The serial killer was unable to control his desire to maim; he had a cacoethes for hurting innocent people.’
    • ‘And, it does so without engaging in sophistry, for the true horror writer is consumed by a cacoethes to engage his moral imagination, to reveal a sliver of the transcendent.’
    • ‘We began as two guys with a cacoethes for creating simple, effective and sustainable solutions that will help to save environment, people and business.’
    longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, hungering, thirst, pining, desire, want, wish, fancy, urge, need, appetite, greed, lust, ache, burning, addiction, aspiration, aim, goal
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Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek kakoēthes ill-disposed, from kakos bad + ēthos disposition.

Pronunciation:

cacoethes

/ˌkakəʊˈiːθiːz/