Revised as of 14 August 2017
Huh? Who knew there was such a difference between addicted and dependent and yet so similar?
Addicted is specific about being dependent upon an object, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, or enthusiasm for an activity. Dependent, however, has more than one meaning and can be more metaphysical — and it certainly doesn’t conjure up any enthusiasm!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
For the noun, see the post on “Dependant versus Dependent.
|Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects
||Usually used as dependent on/upon
[Predic.] Contingent on or determined by
Requiring someone or something for financial, emotional, or other support
|She became addicted to alcohol and diet pills.
He’s addicted to computers.
Being addicted to reading is a cheaper (and healthier) addiction than heroin.
|The various benefits will be dependent on length of service.
In an economy heavily dependent on oil exports, we should be more vigorously exploring alternative energy sources.
The bill specifically states that it excludes households with dependent children.
It’s sad when people become dependent on drugs.
In this economy, we have more welfare-dependent families.
A dependent clause is also known as a subordinate clause.
|More Adjectives: nonaddicted, nonaddicting, unaddicted, well-addicted
Noun: addict, addictedness, nonaddict
|Adverb: dependently, quasi-dependently
Adjective: overdependent, predependent, quasi-dependent
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-16th century from the obsolete adjective addict meaning bound or devoted (to someone). It’s from the Latin addict- meaning assigned, from the verb addicere, from ad- (to + dicere (say).||Late Middle English dependant meaning hanging down, from the Old French, present participle of dependre. The spelling change in the 16th century was due to association with the Latin participial stem dependent-.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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Babies Born Dependent on Drugs Suffer Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is courtesy of HealthyStart, via Kenya Sinclair of California Network‘s article “Shocking video shows tragic reality of newborns struggling with drug addiction”, via Catholic Online.org.