Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of being drunk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual state or the habit.
  • n. Disorder of the faculties, resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being drunk, or overpowered by intoxicants; the habit of indulging in intoxicants; intoxication; inebriation.
  • n. Disorder of the faculties resembling intoxication; intense excitement; frenzy; rage.
  • n. In mech., unsteadiness, crookedness, or inequality of pitch in a screw, such that the nut either wabbles or does not advance at a constant speed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
  • n. the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  • n. a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

Etymologies

drunken +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Children are begotten in drunkenness, saturated in drink before they draw their first breath, born to the smell and taste of it, and brought up in the midst of it.

    DRINK, TEMPERANCE, AND THRIFT

  • There was no drunkenness, as drunkenness is ordinarily understood -- no staggering and rolling around, no befuddlement of the senses.

    Chapter 32

  • The real case against drunkenness is not that it calls up the beast, but that it calls up the Devil.

    Food and Drink

  • The dismal and destructive ecstasy of drugs, of hammering rhythms, noise, and drunkenness is confronted with a bright ecstasy of light, of joyful encounter in

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • I took him through the slums of San Francisco, and in drunkenness, prostitution, and criminality he learned a deeper cause than innate depravity.

    Chapter 6: Adumbrations

  • Wolf Larsen it was, always Wolf Larsen, enslaver and tormentor of men, a male Circe and these his swine, suffering brutes that grovelled before him and revolted only in drunkenness and in secrecy.

    Chapter 26

  • Though drawing the story in bold strokes and relying on stock characters, Austen's treatment of drunkenness nevertheless remains subtle insofar as she, like medical writers, refuses the interpretation that drunkenness is merely a mark of license.

    'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_

  • Now, drunkenness is not the great vice, as far as I can learn.

    The Canadian Army As I Saw It

  • This was a sin very frequent among the heathens; and particularly on occasion of the festivals of their gods, and more especially in their Bacchanalia: then they were wont to inflame themselves with wine, and all manner of inordinate lusts were consequent upon it: and therefore the apostle adds, wherein, or in which drunkenness, is excess.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • 'The arrival of such a man as Mr Newill did not much contribute to the prosperity of his wife's business – Those who, from their former knowledge of her, were willing to promote her welfare, grew cold when they found their bounty served only to support her husband in drunkenness, and her distress became very great, of which I was a sharer; but I endeavoured to do all I could to continue her business, which was now almost entirely neglected.

    The Old Manor House

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