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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for inebriates
Historical Examples
  • Let every path that leads to delight, let every gratification that inebriates the soul be discovered.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Jackson knows of this inebriates' home in Ontario and I had to provide him with a destination.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • I am a great patron of tea; the poet truly says, 'It cheers, but not inebriates.'

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • Its gates are open to you on other topics than the coupling of inebriates.

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

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • The cup, which cheers but not inebriates, loosens Dr. Keifs tongue.

  • Merle threw into her voice all the pent-up anguish of an inebriates wife.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • The cup that cheers but not inebriates, as the old saying has it.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I would like very much to establish a nice, expensive home for inebriates.

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • Tea is often spoken of as the "cup that cheers but not inebriates."

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
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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