from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Intoxication; drunkenness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being inebriated; inebriation, drunkenness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Drunkenness; inebriation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Drunkenness; intoxication.

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

  • n. a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol


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  • This rubbing of shoulders led to recognition and drinks, and ultimately involved both men in a common muddle of inebriety.


  • Nor was he enraptured by "the small change of Oxford evenings", and he was startled by the erratic inebriety of such celebrated Oxonians as Richard Cobb, although he shared Cobb's disdain for the uncritical Francophilia of so many of their colleagues.

    Tony Judt obituary

  • In the grand American tradition, Washingtonian evangelists poured out a lot of sulfurous rhetoric to lure something between three hundred thousand and six hundred thousand men out of the dungeon of inebriety.


  • Lee recognized, as he wrote to Richard Henry Lee in September, that Thomas Morris was “actually in a continual state of madness from inebriety and intemperance.”

    Robert Morris

  • There is, in fact, in the matter of inebriety, white magic and black magic; wine is only white magic.

    Les Miserables

  • He stammered a few more unintelligible words, then his head fell heavily on the table, and, as is the usual effect of the second period of inebriety, into which Enjolras had roughly and abruptly thrust him, an instant later he had fallen asleep.

    Les Miserables

  • Mr Simkins, humbly desiring her not to be in haste, began a formal apology for his conduct; but the inebriety of the coachman became evident;


  • I know not whether it is from the temper of the people, grave and enthusiastic as it certainly is, or from the recollection of the ancient Catholic opinions, when the funeral rites were always considered as a period of festival to the living; but feasting, good cheer, and even inebriety, were, and are, the frequent accompaniments of a Scottish old-fashioned burial.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • He has also a very red nose, which he attributes to a habit of early rising — so red, indeed, that but for this explanation I should have supposed it to proceed from occasional inebriety.

    Sketches by Boz

  • Nicholas having to play Romeo for the first time on the ensuing evening, contrived to slip away in the midst of a temporary confusion, occasioned by the unexpected development of strong symptoms of inebriety in the conduct of Mrs Grudden.

    Nicholas Nickleby


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