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[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-] /verb ɪnˈi briˌeɪt, ɪˈni-; noun, adjective ɪnˈi bri ɪt, ɪˈni-/
verb (used with object), inebriated, inebriating.
to make drunk; intoxicate.
to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
an intoxicated person.
a habitual drunkard.
Also, inebriated. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of inebriate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inēbriātus past participle of inēbriāre to make drunk, equivalent to in- in-2 + ēbri(us) drunk + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
inebriation, noun
uninebriated, adjective
uninebriating, adjective
Synonym Study
4. See drunkard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for inebriates
Historical Examples
  • But the cup which cheers but not inebriates was found too exciting for French neuropaths.

  • Let every path that leads to delight, let every gratification that inebriates the soul be discovered.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He speaks as the only man in close touch with all inebriates under legal detention in England.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • Jackson knows of this inebriates' home in Ontario and I had to provide him with a destination.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • No intoxicating drink was to be got, and the cup that cheers but not inebriates has been Tommy's only stimulant.

  • Its gates are open to you on other topics than the coupling of inebriates.

  • That which cheers and inebriates at the same time by many is much preferred to that which cheers alone.

  • Report of the Inspector under the inebriates Acts for the year 1906.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • Habitual vagabonds, mendicants, inebriates, and men generally unable to support themselves.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Merle threw into her voice all the pent-up anguish of an inebriates wife.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
British Dictionary definitions for inebriates


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt)
to make drunk; intoxicate
to arouse emotionally; make excited
noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
a person who is drunk, esp habitually
adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
drunk, esp habitually
Derived Forms
inebriation, noun
inebriety (ˌɪnɪˈbraɪɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in-² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inebriates



late 15c., from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare "to make drunk," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ebriare "make drunk," from ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Related: Inebriated; inebriating. Also inebriacy; inebriant (n. and adj.); inebriety; and inebrious.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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