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intoxicating

[in-tok-si-key-ting] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing or capable of causing intoxication:
intoxicating beverages.
2.
exhilarating; exciting:
an intoxicating idea.
Origin of intoxicating
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; intoxicate + -ing2
Related forms
intoxicatingly, adverb
nonintoxicating, adjective
nonintoxicatingly, adverb
unintoxicating, adjective
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Examples from the Web for intoxicatingly
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  • It seemed to smell very sweet; and the sensation of seeing it and smelling it was intoxicatingly delightful.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Wagner's melodies are so heavily and intoxicatingly sweet, that they are almost narcotic.

  • The colours are intoxicatingly lovely; but the shapes are mean and bad—deliberately mean and bad.

  • She was as severely virtuous as she was intoxicatingly beautiful.

  • Its only in dreams that one can come so intoxicatingly close to the object of ones love.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • An intoxicatingly sweet cool breath of dew and slumbering flowers transformed all things into unutterable blessings.

  • She likes small-beer; I happen to prefer champagne, bright, sparkling and intoxicatingly delicious!

    Chronicles of Dustypore Henry Stewart Cunningham
  • The air was intoxicatingly soft and played gently with the black lace veil which had fallen from Anna Maria's fair hair.

    A Sister's Love W. Heimburg
  • What can her husband be about, and what an intoxicatingly agreeable task to wake her up!

    Beyond The Rocks Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for intoxicatingly

intoxicating

/ɪnˈtɒksɪˌkeɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of an alcoholic drink) producing in a person a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; inebriating
2.
stimulating, exciting, or producing great elation
Derived Forms
intoxicatingly, adverb
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