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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 inebriating
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  • He was the only Muslim, however, whom I have heard to argue against the absolute interdiction of inebriating liquors.

  • The greatest wretchedness which human nature in this world is called to endure, is connected with the use of inebriating drink.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • Do you think men of true genius are apt to indulge in the use of inebriating fluids?

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • And already this inebriating illusion of an ingenuous girl concerning a common male was helping to shape monstrous events.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • Hence we must see how necessary that we should neither touch, taste nor handle the inebriating cup.

  • An inebriating draught was also called an up see freeze, from the strong Friesland beer.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • It is a common belief that wine was the only inebriating liquor known to antiquity, but this is a mistake.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • They galloped, trumpeting, the clean air and merry sunshine going to their heads in the most inebriating fashion.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • On his pressing him a second time, he answered that 'he refused no sustenance but inebriating sustenance.'

British Dictionary definitions for inebriating


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
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Word Origin and History for inebriating



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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