[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-]
- to make drunk; intoxicate.
- to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
- an intoxicated person.
- a habitual drunkard.
- Also in·e·bri·at·ed. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of inebriate
4. See drunkard.
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Examples from the Web for inebriation
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On this last point, of inebriation, this is certainly a wonderful camp.
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He describes the pleasures of inebriation with similar frankness.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt
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For the state of Inebriation may even pass on into coma, and death.The Action of Medicines in the System
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The Indians drank of the liquor, and remained in a state of inebriation during several days.
- to make drunk; intoxicate
- to arouse emotionally; make excited
- a person who is drunk, esp habitually
- drunk, esp habitually
C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in- ² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
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Word Origin and History for inebriation
1520s, from Late Latin inebriationem (nominative inebriatio), noun of action from past participle stem of inebriare (see inebriate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The condition of being intoxicated, as with alcohol.
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