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[in-tok-si-key-ting] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪ tɪŋ/
causing or capable of causing intoxication:
intoxicating beverages.
exhilarating; exciting:
an intoxicating idea.
Origin of intoxicating
First recorded in 1625-35; intoxicate + -ing2
Related forms
intoxicatingly, adverb
nonintoxicating, adjective
nonintoxicatingly, adverb
unintoxicating, adjective Unabridged
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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


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