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"There is no passion in nature so demoniacally impatient, as that of him who, shuddering upon the edge of a precipice, thus meditates a Plunge. To indulge, for a moment, in any attempt at thought, is to be inevitably lost; for reflection but urges us to forbear, and therefore it is, I say, that we cannot." --"The Imp of the Perverse" (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe

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An urge is a strong desire; an itch to do something.

Etymology

From Proto-Italic *worg-eje/o, from Proto-Indo-European *w(o)rǵʰ-eie-, from *werǵʰ- ‘bind, squeeze’ (compare German würgen ‘to strangle’, Lithuanian ver̃žti ‘to string, tighten, constrict’, Russian (poetic) отверзать (otverzát’) ‘to open’, literally ‘untie’).

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