American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Firmly and long established; deep-rooted: inveterate preferences.
- adj. Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual: an inveterate liar. See Synonyms at chronic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make inveterate; render chronic; establish by force of habit.
- Old; long established.
- Firmly established by long continuance; deep-rooted; obstinate: generally, though not always, in a derogatory sense: as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate enemy.
- Confirmed in any habit; having habits fixed by long continuance: applied to persons: as, an inveterate smoker.
- Malignant; virulent; showing obstinate prejudice.
- Synonyms Deep-seated, chronic.
- Habitual, hardened.
- adj. Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.
- adj. of a person Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
- adj. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
- v. obsolete To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Old; long-established.
- adj. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing
- adj. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual.
- adj. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
- v. obsolete To fix and settle by long continuance.
- adv. in a habitual and longstanding manner
- adj. habitual.
- From Latin inveteratus ("of long standing, chronic"), form of inveterare, from in- ("in, into") + veterare ("to age"), from vetus, form of veteris ("old"); latter ancestor to veteran. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin inveterātus, past participle of inveterārī, to grow old, endure : in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + vetus, veter-, old; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Observe how inveterate is the malice that wicked men have towards the righteous, how far it will go, and what a variety of cruelties it will invent and exercise upon those against whom they have no cause of quarrel, except in the matters of their God.”
“She was one of that peculiar class of females, who, if there is any thing to be said, always claim the privilege of saying it; in other words, an inveterate talker; and who, if we may be allowed the phrase, managed her husband, and all around her, with the length of her tongue.”
“Only the most inveterate racists would hold that all black women lie about rape, and I hardly think the media are that kind of inveterate racists.”
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“For about half of these church shoppers, their latest search for a new congregation was triggered by a move, which leaves roughly one quarter of all Americans who have searched for their current congregation for a reason other than a change of location.12 Americans are inveterate shoppers, and religion is no exception.13”
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“My mom and I, inveterate planners -- nay, a planning juggernaut -- have spent this week carefully not planning, or not attaching to particular plans.”
“Mr. Winchester — a trained geologist and inveterate globetrotter — is well suited to tell the story.”
“The untrimmed roughness of an inveterate polarization of ideology has placed us in the greatest danger: lack of unity, lack of authoritative direction. i.e.:”
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