SOME BIG BOOK DEFINITIONS
anger: a strong
feeling of displeasure or antagonism. )
alcohol: A depressive drug. A sedative.
allergy: an abnormal reaction to food or chemical substance.
agnostic: a person who believes that nothing can be known about God.
atheist: a person who believes God does not exist.
believe: to suspect that something is true, or accept that possibility.
craving: an overpowering desire. (Big Book - after starting to drink)
decision: to “cut into” or “cut in two.” To gather facts and select which are going to be acted upon.
( Humor - ALL decisions are based on inadequate information.
defect: imperfection, shortcoming.
disease: (dis-ease) a condition that separates a person from normal health patterns.
dishonesty: willful perversion of truth in order to deceive.
envy: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another.
exact: accurate, precise, methodical.
fault: something done wrongly; an error or mistake.
faith: confidence, sureness, credulity, reliance, trust.
frightened: a temporary or continual state of fear.
greed: excessive desire to acquire certain things.
honest: truthfulness. Fair and just - not cheating or stealing.
inconsiderate: without thought or consideration of others.
insanity: Big Book - the peculiar mental state alcoholics get into before the first drink.
inventory: a written list
life (lives): an individual’s actions. The manner of one’s existence.
lust: excessive desire or seeming need (usually sex).
manifestation: the “display” or evidence of something else.
mistake: error, fault, inaccuracy.
moral: truth, inner meaning, scrupulous.
nature: essential qualities or components.
obsession: to fill the mind continually. To preoccupy or haunt to the exclusion of contrary ideas.
phenomenon: some unique event that we may see but may not understand.
powerless (over alcohol): Big Book - cannot drink as the result of an allergy manifested by craving, and cannot stop (or stay stopped) as the result
of a mental obsession.
pride: excessive and unjustified opinion of oneself; too high (self-love) or too low (self-hate).
resentment: from the preface “re” (repeating or over and over,) and “sentire,” (to feel). Indignant or bitter feelings. Often followed by “at.”
sanity: from “sanitas” (whole). Mental health. The tendency to avoid extreme views.
selfish: deficient in the consideration for others.
self-centered: preoccupied with ones’ own personality or affairs.
self-seeking: excessive caring about one’s own welfare before that of others.
shortcoming: failure to come up to a standard. Defect.
sloth: having no inclination to act or put forth effort.
will: thinking.The faculty by which a person decides.
will power: control exercised over impulse; self-control.
willing: cheerful intention; gladly ready (to act).
wrong: acting, judging, or believing incorrectly. In error.
vital: necessary (for life), indispensable.
WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY - 1939:
alcohol: spirituous or intoxicating element in
fermented liquors. Pure or rectified spirits of wine.
spirit: the soul, courage, vivacity, alcohol