from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The habit of drunkenness.
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If the number of inebriates could be added, it would greatly increase the total; and inebriacy or chronic alcoholism is generally recognized now as indicating in a majority of cases either feeble-mindedness or some other defect of the nervous system.
Franco-Canadian origin — being a corruption of the word sued, and means drunk or drunken, — in allusion to their excessive fondness for liquor and predilection to inebriacy.