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"state or habit of being intoxicated," 1580s, from French ébriété, from Latin ebrietatem (nominative ebrietas) "drunknenness," from ebrius "drunk, full, sated with drink," of unknown origin. The opposite of sobriety. Related: Ebrious.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for ebriety

Historical Examples of ebriety

  • For those who died of the varioloid, were spared the death of ebriety.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • This is a libel on the brutes, for the vice of ebriety is perfectly human.

  • Need I point out the change that ebriety produces in the moral and social affections?

    Select Temperance Tracts

    American Tract Society

  • It also affirms that ebriety resulting from beer is more hurtful than that produced by wine.

    Odd Bits of History

    Henry W. Wolff

  • It should be added, what Mr Holmes tells us on good authority, that the vice of ebriety was not among Mozart's failings.