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  • n. The state of being inveterate; long continuance; firmness or deep-rooted persistence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Firm establishment by long continuance; firmness or deep-rooted obstinacy of any quality or state acquired by time; ; -- usually in a bad sense.
  • n. Malignity; spitefulness; virulency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being inveterate; long continuance; firmness or deep-rooted persistence.


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  • The inveteracy of this custom may be inferred from the following incident: —

    Death of the Laird's Jock

  • I observed that, like other Jacobites, in his inveteracy against the memory of King William, he had adopted the party opinion, that the monarch, on the day he had his fatal accident, rode upon a horse once the property of the unfortunate Sir John Friend, executed for high treason in 1698.


  • The pipers on both sides blew their charge, and the combatants again mingled in battle, not indeed with the same strength, but with unabated inveteracy.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • They cut, foined, hewed, and thrust as if they had drawn their blades for the first time that day; and their inveteracy was mutual, for Torquil recognised the foul wizard who, as he supposed, had cast a spell over his child; and Henry saw before him the giant who, during the whole conflict, had interrupted the purpose for which alone he had joined the combatants — that of engaging in single combat with Hector.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • The officer was too happy to be permitted to rise and run away without receiving any farther injury; which afforded another remarkable instance of the mode in which these men had united a sort of moderation towards all others, with the most inflexible inveteracy against the object of their resentment.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • I will write to my uncle, to lay aside his kind intentions in my favour — all my prospects are shut in-I give myself up for a lost creature as to this world — hinder me not from entering upon a life of severe penitence, for corresponding, after prohibition, with a wretch who has too well justified all their warnings and inveteracy; and for throwing myself into the power of your vile artifices.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I dare say, Sir, such is the assurance of the man upon whom my unhappy destiny threw me; and such his inveteracy to my family,

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • He justified his avowed inveteracy by common fame, and by what he had known of him at college; declaring, that he had ever hated him; ever should hate him; and would never own him for a brother, or me for a sister, if I married him.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Upon the whole, Madam, said I, can you say, that the inveteracy lies not as much on our side, as on his?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • By degrees I became exasperated at the rancour with which Rashleigh sought my life, and returned his passes with an inveteracy resembling in some degree his own; so that the combat had all the appearance of being destined to have a tragic issue.

    Rob Roy


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