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inebriate

[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-]
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verb (used with object), in·e·bri·at·ed, in·e·bri·at·ing.
  1. to make drunk; intoxicate.
  2. to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
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noun
  1. an intoxicated person.
  2. a habitual drunkard.
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adjective
  1. Also in·e·bri·at·ed. drunk; intoxicated.
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Origin of inebriate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inēbriātus past participle of inēbriāre to make drunk, equivalent to in- in-2 + ēbri(us) drunk + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·e·bri·a·tion, nounun·in·e·bri·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·e·bri·at·ing, adjective

Synonym study

4. See drunkard.
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Examples from the Web for inebriates

Historical Examples

  • Let every path that leads to delight, let every gratification that inebriates the soul be discovered.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • Jackson knows of this inebriates' home in Ontario and I had to provide him with a destination.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • I am a great patron of tea; the poet truly says, 'It cheers, but not inebriates.'

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • Its gates are open to you on other topics than the coupling of inebriates.

  • Report of the Inspector under the Inebriates Acts for the year 1906.

    Parenthood and Race Culture

    Caleb Williams Saleeby


British Dictionary definitions for inebriates

inebriate

verb (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to make drunk; intoxicate
  2. to arouse emotionally; make excited
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noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
  1. a person who is drunk, esp habitually
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adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt) inebriated
  1. drunk, esp habitually
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Derived Formsinebriation, nouninebriety (ˌɪnɪˈbraɪɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in- ² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
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Word Origin and History for inebriates

inebriate

v.

late 15c., from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare "to make drunk," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ebriare "make drunk," from ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Related: Inebriated; inebriating. Also inebriacy; inebriant (n. and adj.); inebriety; and inebrious.

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