- causing or capable of causing intoxication: intoxicating beverages.
- exhilarating; exciting: an intoxicating idea.
Origin of intoxicating
- 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.
- to make enthusiastic; elate strongly, as by intoxicants; exhilarate: The prospect of success intoxicated him.
- Pathology. to poison.
- to cause or produce intoxication: having the power to intoxicate.
- Archaic. intoxicated.
Origin of intoxicate
Examples from the Web for intoxicating
The residents of Arkansas decide Tuesday whether to legalize the sale of an intoxicating substance statewide.Will Arkansas’ Prohibition Finally End?
November 1, 2014
“Some kinks need to be ironed out with the intoxicating open bar at the Mile High Club,” wrote Dowd.Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ Pot Billboard Using My Image, Will Use It for Christmas Card
September 17, 2014
What made for an intoxicating courtship, however, resulted in a troubled marriage.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
And so the Libyan revolution was intoxicating, which is why the world watched it much more closely than the dour Syrian struggle.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today
August 3, 2014
An Arab legend has it that the intoxicating effects of hashish were discovered by an ascetic monk in 1155.The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot
July 6, 2014
Fecundity is the end he proposes, and he rewards with intoxicating delights those who contribute to the fulfilment of his designs.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
Intoxicating, the odours of the earth, refreshed and satisfied.The Book of Khalid
She had found it in Ted under the intoxicating form of vivid emotion.Audrey Craven
There was, I own, a most intoxicating sense of pleasure in the first success.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
She had crept out after her master to listen closer to the intoxicating sound.Almayer's Folly
- (of an alcoholic drink) producing in a person a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; inebriating
- stimulating, exciting, or producing great elation
- (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
- to stimulate, excite, or elate so as to overwhelm
- (of a drug) to poison
Word Origin and History for intoxicating
- To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.