- constant; habitual; inveterate: a chronic liar.
- continuing a long time or recurring frequently: a chronic state of civil war.
- having long had a disease, habit, weakness, or the like: a chronic invalid.
- (of a disease) having long duration (opposed to acute).
- Slang. cronic.
Origin of chronic
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- very potent marijuana.
Origin of cronic
Examples from the Web for chronic
She insists, however, that she considers herself separate from victims of chronic abuse.Janay Rice: Ravens Fed Me Apology Script
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 1, 2014
Underneath my chronic prickliness and assholishness I am always, always thankful.
And underneath my chronic prickliness and assholishness I am always, always thankful.
And, from the south, chronic wasting disease is poised to decimate the elk herds.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
The procedure offered little relief: Chronic pain and infections plagued her.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
She was also afflicted with a high color, and a chronic eruption of diamonds.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Miss Priest may be said to have lived in a chronic state of engagements.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Chronic rheumatism had recently compelled him to retire from the service.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The delirium of jealousy is a specific symptom of chronic alcoholism.The Sexual Question
There is a chronic look of wonder on their broad English faces.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
- (of a disease) developing slowly, or of long durationCompare acute (def. 7)
- inveterate; habituala chronic smoker
- very badthe play was chronic
- very serioushe left her in a chronic condition
Word Origin and History for chronic
early 15c., of diseases, "lasting a long time," from Middle French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos "of time, concerning time," from khronos "time" (see chrono-). Vague disapproving sense (from 17c.) is from association with diseases and later addictions.
- Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.
- Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases. Compare acute.