[ suh-brahy-i-tee, soh- ]
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  1. the state or quality of being sober rather than intoxicated.

  2. temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.

  1. the condition of a person addicted to alcohol, or to some other mood-altering substance, who successfully abstains from its use and from other associated habits while addressing the root causes of dependency and adopting a new outlook on life: She’s turned herself around after entering a treatment center with staff who never gave up on her until she achieved sobriety.Even once you have attained sobriety, recovery is a lifelong process.: See also abstinence (def. 3).

  2. seriousness, gravity, or solemnity: Our farewell gathering for the six laid-off employees was an event marked by sobriety.

Origin of sobriety

1375–1425; late Middle English sobrietie (<Old French sobriete) <Latin sōbrietās, equivalent to sōbri(us) sober + -etās, variant of -itās-ity after vowel stems

Other words from sobriety

  • non·so·bri·e·ty, noun

Words Nearby sobriety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sobriety in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sobriety


/ (səʊˈbraɪətɪ) /

  1. the state or quality of being sober

  2. the quality of refraining from excess

  1. the quality of being serious or sedate

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