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drunken

[druhng-kuh n] /ˈdrʌŋ kən/
adjective
1.
intoxicated; drunk.
2.
given to drunkenness.
3.
pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication:
a drunken quarrel.
Origin of drunken
variant of drunk adj. and past participle
Related forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
half-drunken, adjective
undrunken, adjective
Synonyms
1. inebriated, tipsy, fuddled, besotted.
Antonyms
1. sober.
Usage note
See drunk.
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Examples from the Web for drunkenness
Historical Examples
  • It is enough, as an instance of what I mean, to name the vice of drunkenness.

    The Christian Life Thomas Arnold
  • All blasphemy and swearing was to be punished with severity, and also drunkenness.

  • Especially is drunkenness one, for drink makes men particularly self-secure, reckless and disorderly.

  • What has the Church said worthy of itself in regard to drunkenness?

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • drunkenness places him as much below the level of the brutes as reason elevates him above them.

  • They have few quarrels, no thieving, no drunkenness, no abject poverty.

  • They are taken at birth into an environment of theft, drunkenness, and vice.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • It was the first time Gyp had ever come to close quarters with drunkenness.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • In May 1913, a woman, who was charged with drunkenness at the West Ham police court, laid the blame for her condition on her pipe.

  • Illness and drunkenness cannot be treated as one and the same thing.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
British Dictionary definitions for drunkenness

drunken

/ˈdrʌŋkən/
adjective
1.
intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
2.
frequently or habitually drunk
3.
(prenominal) caused by or relating to alcoholic intoxication: a drunken brawl
Derived Forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drunkenness
n.

Old English druncennysse; see drunken + -ness.

drunken

adj.

full form of the past participle of drunk. Meaning "inebriated" was in Old English druncena; adjectival meaning "habitually intoxicated" is from 1540s. Related: Drunkenly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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drunkenness in Medicine

drunkenness drunk·en·ness (drŭng'kə-nĭs)
n.
The condition of being delirious with or as if with alcohol; intoxicated.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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