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[suh-brahy-i-tee, soh-] /səˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ-/
the state or quality of being sober.
temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
seriousness, gravity, or solemnity:
an event marked by sobriety.
Origin of sobriety
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English sobrietie (< Old French sobriete) < Latin sōbrietās, equivalent to sōbri(us) sober + -etās, variant of -itās -ity after vowel stems
Related forms
nonsobriety, noun Unabridged
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  • Such are the enjoyments of sobriety; such are the gratifications of innocence.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • In the graver hours of activity and industry, sobriety may be proper.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Between wisdom and sobriety of soul (which is temperance) he drew no distinction.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Men part with all sobriety of judgment when they come on ground of this kind.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • To what degree of industry, frugality, and sobriety can the Indian be brought?

    The Indian Question (1874) Francis A. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for sobriety


the state or quality of being sober
the quality of refraining from excess
the quality of being serious or sedate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sobriety

c.1400, "moderation in indulgence," from Old French sobriete "sobriety, moderation" (Modern French sobrieté) or directly from Latin sobrietatem (nominative sobrietas), from sobrius (see sober (adj.)). Meaning "steadiness, gravity" is recorded from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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