[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-]
- to make drunk; intoxicate.
- to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
- an intoxicated person.
- a habitual drunkard.
- Also in·e·bri·at·ed. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of inebriate
4. See drunkard.
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Its name is derived from two Greek words, meaning “not to inebriate.”
- to make drunk; intoxicate
- to arouse emotionally; make excited
- a person who is drunk, esp habitually
- drunk, esp habitually
C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in- ² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
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Word Origin and History for inebriate
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