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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 non-intoxicating
Historical Examples
  • He can read almost anything and in any language, provided it is not non-intoxicating.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd
  • A non-intoxicating drink usually made from rye-malt and rye-flour.

  • On the Midland Railway, also, a reduction in the price of non-intoxicating beverages has been made.

    Tea and Tea Drinking Arthur Reade
  • But here was a public house offering a non-intoxicating beverage, and its appeal was instant and universal.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for non-intoxicating

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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