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compulsive

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Definition describing something someone does as done too much because of an uncontrollable desire — such as excessive gambling or eating
  • She is a compulsive gambler.
compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • She has a compulsive eating disorder.
  • compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • "When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?" In the days that followed, I wrote that passage everywhere—unconsciously, compulsively.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • compulsively = done excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • I guess she was a compulsive liar even back then.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • Walt reacted the other way, eating compulsively, and gained eight pounds.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • compulsively = excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • Meanwhile, Greg is back to eating beef tips, because when he is stressed out he eats compulsively.
    Jesse Andrews  --  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • compulsively = excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • He was known to be a compulsive gambler and a pretty consistent loser.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • She started compulsively drawing and painting all the wondrous things she was discovering,
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • compulsively = excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • Liesel even thought that perhaps she could get away with only telling Papa, but she didn't want him thinking that he had a compulsive criminal on his hands.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • compulsive = done because of an uncontrollable desire
  • Although I didn't know John and his family until two years ago when I moved into the neighborhood, from what I've been able to gather I think his father was a compulsive alcoholic.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • compulsive = involuntary
  • This was all a long time ago so I might have some of it wrong; but my memory of it is that my approaching Tommy that afternoon was part of a phase I was going through around that time—something to do with compulsively setting myself challenges—and I'd more or less forgotten all about it when Tommy stopped me a few days later.
    Kazu Ishiguro  --  Never Let Me Go
  • compulsively = excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • That's it, a compulsive liar.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • As if merely subsisting according to his self-imposed rules weren't strenuous enough, Rosellini also exercised compulsively whenever he wasn't occupied with foraging.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • compulsively = done a great deal — as though irresistibly
  • A compulsive liar?
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • compulsive = done because of an uncontrollable desire
  • We had about a gazillion cockroaches, big, strong things with shiny wings. We had just a few at first, but since Mom was not exactly a compulsive cleaner, they multiplied.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • Mother often described herself as a pleaser: she said she couldn't stop herself from speculating what people wanted her to be, and from contorting herself, compulsively, unwillingly, into whatever it was.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • compulsively = done excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • Mother began to muscle-test compulsively, unaware she was doing it, whenever she grew tired of a conversation, whenever the ambiguities of her memory, or even just those of normal life, left her unsatisfied.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • compulsively = done excessively due to an uncontrollable desire
  • You can never completely kill off that tiny absurd spark of hope that this girl—against all odds, although she could date any guy at school, not to mention guys at college, and even though you look like the Oatmeal Monster and are a compulsive eater and suffer from constant congestion and say so many stupid things per day that it seems like a Stupid Things company is paying you to do it—this girl might like you.
    Jesse Andrews  --  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • compulsive = done too much because of an uncontrollable desire
  • "John was very self-critical, always analyzing himself," Brady recalls. And he'd always been kind of compulsive. He used to carry around a stack of clipboards and notepads. He'd take copious notes, creating a complete record of everything he did during the course of each day. I remember running into him once in downtown Fairbanks. As I walked up, he got out a clipboard, logged in the time he saw me and recorded what our conversation was about, which wasn't much at all.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • compulsive = having an uncontrollable desire to do too much of something
  • Though she supposed there was some truth in that, there was also something compulsive about his habits.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me

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