[ verb in-ee-bree-eyt; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it ]
/ verb 瑟n藞i bri藢e瑟t; noun, adjective 瑟n藞i bri 瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路e路bri路at路ed, in路e路bri路at路ing.
to make drunk; intoxicate.
to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
an intoxicated person.
a habitual drinker of alcohol who is frequently intoxicated.
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Origin of inebriate

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English, from Latin in膿bri膩tus, past participle of in膿bri膩re 鈥渢o make drunk,鈥 equivalent to in- intensive prefix + 膿bri(us) 鈥渄runk鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see in-2, -ate1

synonym study for inebriate

Inebriate and drunkard are terms for a person who drinks heavily or drinks hard liquors habitually. Drunkard is a judgmental label that connotes willful indulgence to excess. Inebriate is a formal term that sounds more factual or neutral than the stigmatizing label drunkard. Dipsomaniac is a rare, older term for a person who, because of some psychological or physiological illness, has an irresistible craving for liquor. Today, the dipsomaniac is more commonly called an alcoholic 鈥攁nother label that is judgmental and sometimes offensive. Rather than using either of those labels, it is more sensitive and accurate to describe such an individual as a person with alcohol use disorder, or a person who has alcoholism .


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How to use inebriate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inebriate


verb (瑟n藞i藧br瑟藢e瑟t) (tr)
to make drunk; intoxicate
to arouse emotionally; make excited
noun (瑟n藞i藧br瑟瑟t)
a person who is drunk, esp habitually
adjective (瑟n藞i藧br瑟瑟t) inebriated
drunk, esp habitually

Derived forms of inebriate

inebriation, nouninebriety (藢瑟n瑟藞bra瑟瑟t瑟), noun

Word Origin for inebriate

C15: from Latin in膿bri膩re, from in- 虏 + 膿bri膩re to intoxicate, from 膿brius drunk
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