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With reference to someone trying to break an addiction, what is a word that properly means to stop the behavior? While "break" and "kick" would be understood, they are more informal than desired. "Stop" gives a connotation of something that is easy to do, which is not what I want to convey.

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Words like suppress and fight suggest more of a struggle against a certain behaviour, like in the case of addiction.

Also, overcome is a word commonly used to represent "kicking" an addiction.

e.g:

"He finally overcame his alcohol addiction after fighting for three years."

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"He fought to overcome his alcohol addiction and succeeded, after three years."

(Links to OED definitions)

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"To surmount" would be a good choice. It sounds formal. Hearing it used in daily conversation would definitely catch one's attention. It makes me think of "to summit", as in "to summit a very tall mountain".

She surmounted her addiction.

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  • Is your nom-de-stackexchange an ode to this guy? – GreenMatt Feb 28 '17 at 18:43
  • @GreenMatt nope. I just wanted to combine 2 simple words with an easily identifiable demarkation. Since "..dgr.." is never be found inside one whole word, a breakpoint naturally forms. I'll youtube the show. I might need a new handle... – riverflows Feb 28 '17 at 18:54
  • @GreenMatt Thanks for the heads-up. I decided I need a new handle. – riverflows Feb 28 '17 at 19:01

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