lack of sobriety or moderation; intemperance; drunkenness.

Origin of insobriety

First recorded in 1605–15; in-3 + sobriety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insobriety

Historical Examples of insobriety

  • That also is a mode, we need not say of intoxication, but of insobriety.

    Essays of Travel

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The tendency to ‘coppers’ in training is no proof of insobriety.


    W. B. Woodgate

  • The actor grew moody, splenetic, and gave way to insobriety.

  • Insobriety was the normal condition of Fewson after school hours.

    The Parish Clerk (1907)

    Peter Hampson Ditchfield

  • The reader will observe that this dissipation, six weeks of insobriety, is alleged to have occurred after Keats began to despond.

    Life of John Keats

    William Michael Rossetti

British Dictionary definitions for insobriety



lack of sobriety; intemperance
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Word Origin and History for insobriety

1610s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sobriety.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper