- the state or quality of being sober.
- temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
- seriousness, gravity, or solemnity: an event marked by sobriety.
Origin of sobriety
Related Words for sobrietytemperance, abstemiousness, continence, self-restraint, soberness, moderation, teetotalism, abstaining, refraining
Examples from the Web for sobriety
Contemporary Examples of sobriety
When he slurred and smelled of alcohol, they ordered him out of the car for sobriety tests.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
October 3, 2014
Sobriety brought a new, kinder, and gentler Womack, who often expressed remorse and regret over his past offenses.Bobby Womack’s Sexual Democracy: The Late Soul Legend Preached Mutual Pleasure
June 29, 2014
Twitter, like the national debt or Lindsay Lohans's sobriety, is in a constant state of flux.A Song of Twitter and George R.R. Martin: The Unexpected Players of the Twitterverse
June 10, 2014
In a speech to the crowd, the smiling 19-year-old called her journey to sobriety “a miracle.”Coming Out of the Addiction Closet
May 10, 2014
When we step outside for a smoke, the cool air brings a snap of sobriety.War Nostalgia Is Leading Veterans to Places Like Syria. One Went Missing There.
May 3, 2014
Historical Examples of sobriety
Such are the enjoyments of sobriety; such are the gratifications of innocence.
In the graver hours of activity and industry, sobriety may be proper.
Between wisdom and sobriety of soul (which is temperance) he drew no distinction.The Memorabilia
Men part with all sobriety of judgment when they come on ground of this kind.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
To what degree of industry, frugality, and sobriety can the Indian be brought?The Indian Question (1874)
Francis A. Walker
- the state or quality of being sober
- the quality of refraining from excess
- the quality of being serious or sedate
Word Origin and History for sobriety
c.1400, "moderation in indulgence," from Old French sobriete "sobriety, moderation" (Modern French sobrieté) or directly from Latin sobrietatem (nominative sobrietas), from sobrius (see sober (adj.)). Meaning "steadiness, gravity" is recorded from 1540s.