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alcoholic

[al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik] /ˌæl kəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of alcohol.
2.
containing or using alcohol.
3.
caused by alcohol.
4.
suffering from alcoholism.
5.
preserved in alcohol.
noun
6.
Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
7.
a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.
Origin of alcoholic
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; alcohol + -ic
Related forms
alcoholically, adverb
prealcoholic, adjective
semialcoholic, adjective
Synonym Study
6. See drunkard.
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Examples from the Web for alcoholic
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  • This was undoubtedly a case of alcoholic blastophthoria and not ordinary heredity.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • An alcoholic reek like that from old brandy casks issued from his mouth.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The huge still continued to trickle forth its alcoholic sweat.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Do not drink beer or whisky, or any other alcoholic liquors.

  • His garrulity might have an alcoholic basis, but his wits were clear enough.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for alcoholic

alcoholic

/ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk/
noun
1.
a person affected by alcoholism
adjective
2.
of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol
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Word Origin and History for alcoholic
adj.

1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of "alcoholic liquor;" 1960 in the sense of "a drunkard."

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alcoholic in Medicine

alcoholic al·co·hol·ic (āl'kə-hô'lĭk)
adj.

  1. Related to or resulting from alcohol.

  2. Containing or preserved in alcohol.

  3. Suffering from alcoholism.

n.
A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.
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