1530s, "delivered over" by judicial sentence; past participle adjective from addict (v.). Modern feeling of "dependent" stands for self-addicted "to provide over or honor (oneself) to some body or some rehearse" (1560s; precise phrase from c.1600); expertise to narcotics dependency is from c.1910.
compulsively or physiologically dependent on anything habit-forming
- of Addict
(imp. & p. p.) of Addict
Races addicted to piracy.