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[in-suh-brahy-i-tee] /ˌɪn səˈbraɪ ɪ ti/
lack of sobriety or moderation; intemperance; drunkenness.
Origin of insobriety
First recorded in 1605-15; in-3 + sobriety Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That also is a mode, we need not say of intoxication, but of insobriety.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The tendency to ‘coppers’ in training is no proof of insobriety.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • The actor grew moody, splenetic, and gave way to insobriety.

    Curiosities of Impecuniosity H. G. Somerville
  • insobriety was the normal condition of Fewson after school hours.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • The reader will observe that this dissipation, six weeks of insobriety, is alleged to have occurred after Keats began to despond.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • For a period he was engaged as a salesman, till habits of insobriety rendered his services unavailable to his employer.

  • insobriety is, as I need hardly tell you, the one unpardonable sin in the eyes of a shipowner.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • But it happens that whenever I have looked into local affairs I have found the same sort of waste and--insobriety of arrangement.

    What is Coming? H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for insobriety


lack of sobriety; intemperance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for insobriety

1610s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sobriety.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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