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- n. Drunkenness or intoxication from alcohol, especially as a habitual state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Addiction to drink; habitual drunkenness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Habitual drunkenness.
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On alcohol, Thoreau wrote: “I would fain keep sober always … I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor … Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?”
From the many stories told of Thurlow and ebriosity, one may be here taken and brought under the reader's notice -- not because it has wit or humor to recommend it, but because it presents the Chancellor in company with another port-loving lawyer, William Pitt, from whose fame, by-the-by, Lord
Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?