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Friday, April 07, 2017

Definitions for inveterate

  1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
  2. firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.

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Citations for inveterate
Thus Frédéric soon became an inveterate gambler: he passed the greater part of his evenings at cards, and finished them elsewhere. Émile Zola, Naïs Micoulin, translated by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, 1884
It was an ideal wintering home in every respect but one: it was owned by the Turlocks, the most inveterate hunters of Maryland, each member of the family born with an insatiable appetite for goose. James A. Michener, Chesapeake, 1978
Origin of inveterate
late Middle English
Inveterate comes from the Latin verb inveterāre “to grow old,” a derivative of the adjective vet(us) “old.” Latin vet- is related to Greek ét-os (Doric wét-os) “year” with its derivative etḗsios “yearly” (cf. “etesian winds”). The Latin nouns vitellus and vitulus “calf, bull calf, yearling” are also derivatives of vet(us). The Latin name for Italy, Italia, has the rare form Vitalia (cf. Oscan Víteliú), both of which are from Greek italós (Doric witalós) “bull,” because Italy was rich in cattle. Inveterate entered English in the 16th century.