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  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
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Examples from the Web for intoxicatingly

Historical Examples

  • It seemed to smell very sweet; and the sensation of seeing it and smelling it was intoxicatingly delightful.

    Tell England

    Ernest Raymond

  • Wagner's melodies are so heavily and intoxicatingly sweet, that they are almost narcotic.

  • The colours are intoxicatingly lovely; but the shapes are mean and bad—deliberately mean and bad.

  • She was as severely virtuous as she was intoxicatingly beautiful.

  • Its only in dreams that one can come so intoxicatingly close to the object of ones love.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

British Dictionary definitions for intoxicatingly


  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
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