What does the word addiction mean?

Usage examples for addiction

  1. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. So that he advises me to stand on my guard; which I shall do, and unless my too- much addiction to pleasure undo me, will be acute enough for any of them. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. Drug addiction was obviously a convenient way to make the slaves forget their aches and fears, to keep them everlasting anxious to please whatever was necessary to make sure the precious, deadly ration never stopped. – The Sky Is Falling by Lester del Rey