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intoxicating

[in-tok-si-key-ting]
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adjective
  1. causing or capable of causing intoxication: intoxicating beverages.
  2. exhilarating; exciting: an intoxicating idea.
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Origin of intoxicating

First recorded in 1625–35; intoxicate + -ing2
Related formsin·tox·i·cat·ing·ly, adverbnon·in·tox·i·cat·ing, adjectivenon·in·tox·i·cat·ing·ly, adverbun·in·tox·i·cat·ing, adjective

intoxicate

[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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adjective
  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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Related Words

exhilaratingexcitingstimulatingheadyrousinginspiringthrillingstirringeye-poppingprovocativeexhilarantexhilarative

Examples from the Web for intoxicating

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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Ameen Rihani

  • She had found it in Ted under the intoxicating form of vivid emotion.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • There was, I own, a most intoxicating sense of pleasure in the first success.

  • She had crept out after her master to listen closer to the intoxicating sound.

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for intoxicating

intoxicating

adjective
  1. (of an alcoholic drink) producing in a person a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; inebriating
  2. stimulating, exciting, or producing great elation
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Derived Formsintoxicatingly, adverb

intoxicate

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 intoxicating

intoxicate

v.

"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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intoxicating in Medicine

intoxicate

(ĭn-tŏksĭ-kāt′)
v.
  1. To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
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