- settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
- firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.
Origin of inveterate
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1. hardened, constant, habitual. 2. set, fixed, rooted.
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Examples from the Web for inveterate
The most ridiculous character in Pay Any Price may be Dennis Montgomery, who is described as an inveterate gambler and swindler.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies
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An inveterate networker, he managed to get Tennessee Williams as the chief signatory on one letter-writing campaign.Sean Strub: Sex, AIDS, Politics and Survival
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This inveterate list maker also loved minutiae; in his copious account books, he kept track of every cent he ever spent.Companies Discover Untapped Brainpower: Autistics
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It gives the best outcomes to the most inveterate bad actors.Argentina Goes to Court (Again)
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Pouw insists that this anecdote is nothing more than “film-noir fantasy” and that Scarff is a “self-admitted inveterate liar.”Scientology vs. Lawrence Wright
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But of all others, they are the most inveterate, which are produced on account of religion.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
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The result was, that he more than recovered his possessions, and died an inveterate miser.Self-Help
But why then, will you say, are they so inveterate against it?A Letter to Dion
Yet his inveterate surliness the rascal could not wholly conquer.The Shame of Motley
The lower classes all over the country are inveterate thieves.Aztec Land
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- long established, esp so as to be deep-rooted or ingrainedan inveterate feeling of hostility
- (prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, esp a bad one; hardenedan inveterate smoker
- obsolete full of hatred; hostile
C16: from Latin inveterātus of long standing, from inveterāre to make old, from in- ² + vetus old
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Word Origin and History for inveterate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.
- Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual.
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