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  1. affected by a substance that intoxicates; drunk; inebriated.
  2. mentally or emotionally exhilarated.
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Origin of intoxicated

First recorded in 1550–60; intoxicate + -ed2
Related formsin·tox·i·cat·ed·ly, adverbhalf-in·tox·i·cat·ed, adjectivesem·i-in·tox·i·cat·ed, adjectiveun·in·tox·i·cat·ed, adjective


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2. rapt, enthralled.


[verb in-tok-si-keyt; adjective in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt]
verb (used with object), in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing.
  1. to affect temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic liquor, a drug, or another substance, especially to excite or stupefy with liquor.
  2. to make enthusiastic; elate strongly, as by intoxicants; exhilarate: The prospect of success intoxicated him.
  3. Pathology. to poison.
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verb (used without object), in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing.
  1. to cause or produce intoxication: having the power to intoxicate.
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  1. Archaic. intoxicated.
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Origin of intoxicate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicāre to poison. See in-2, toxic, -ate1
Related formsin·tox·i·ca·ble [in-tok-si-kuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪ kə bəl/, adjectivein·tox·i·ca·tor, noun
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verb (tr)
  1. (of an alcoholic drink) to produce in (a person) a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; make drunk; inebriate
  2. to stimulate, excite, or elate so as to overwhelm
  3. (of a drug) to poison
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Derived Formsintoxicable, adjectiveintoxicative, adjectiveintoxicator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin, from intoxicāre to poison, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic
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Word Origin and History for intoxicated


1550s, "poisoned;" 1570s, "drunk," past participle adjective from intoxicate (v.).

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"to poison," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare "to poison," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + toxicare "to poison," from toxicum "poison" (see toxic). Meaning "make drunk" first recorded 1570s. Related: Intoxicated; intoxicating.

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intoxicated in Medicine


  1. To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
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