from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Gravity in bearing, manner, or treatment.
- n. Moderation in or abstinence from consumption of alcoholic liquor or use of drugs: "three years of drug-free sobriety” ( Ron Rosenbaum). See Synonyms at abstinence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality or state of being sober.
- n. The quality or state of not being intoxicated.
- n. The quality or state of being grave or earnestly thoughtful.
- n. The state or quality of being unhurried; a state of calm.
- n. A state of moderation or seriousness.
- n. A state of modest in color or style.
- n. Soundness of judgement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors.
- n. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state, habit, or character of being sober.
- n. Moderation in general conduct or character; avoidance of excess or extremes.
- n. Reasonableness; saneness; soundness: as, sobriety of judgment.
- n. Modest or quiet demeanor; composure; sedateness; dignity; gravity; staidness.
- n. Synonyms and Abstinence, Temperance, etc. See abstemiousness.
- n. and Soberness, moderation, moderateness, regularity, steadiness, quietness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a manner that is serious and solemn
- n. the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
- n. moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
- n. abstaining from excess
Middle English sobriete, from Old French, from Latin sōbrietās, from sōbrius, sober; see sober.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)