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In Roman law the word addicere had the more prosaic job of signifying a giving or binding-over of something or someone by sentence of a court: the assignation of slave to master, debtor to creditor.
Dicare makes reference to reasoned legal declarations (in the same vein, consider indicare, iudicare; adiudicare, abdicare), (116) whilst dicere, on the other hand, to coercive acts or commands (therefore giving us ius dicere, addicere, edicere, interdicere).
Addicere est en effet un mor tres fort: il s'agit d'<<adjuger>> au creancier la personne du debiteur.
provocasse convincitur falsum dicere testimonium, tantum illi conponat, quem per falsam testificationem conabatur addicere vel damnare, quantum, si iuste eum obtinuisse, poterat de istatu vel de rebus eius adquirere [LI, II, 4, 9].
Literary critic David Lenson (1995:35) notes, however, that the origin of the word "addiction" relates to the Latin addicere, meaning to say or pronounce, to decree or bind.
Non preteribo huic loco addicere quod nullo certo auctore sed perseverante ad hanc meam etatem fama vulgatum accepi.
Jungian analyst and writer Linda Leonard (1990) wrote that the etymology of the word addiction comes from the Latin addicere, which means "words" (p.