- 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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- 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 inveterately
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.
- Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual.
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