Definitions

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

  • adj. Firmly and long established; deep-rooted: inveterate preferences.
  • adj. Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual: an inveterate liar. See Synonyms at chronic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.
  • adj. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
  • adj. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
  • v. To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Old; long-established.
  • adj. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing
  • adj. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual.
  • adj. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
  • transitive v. To fix and settle by long continuance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make inveterate; render chronic; establish by force of habit.
  • Old; long established.
  • Firmly established by long continuance; deep-rooted; obstinate: generally, though not always, in a derogatory sense: as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate enemy.
  • Confirmed in any habit; having habits fixed by long continuance: applied to persons: as, an inveterate smoker.
  • Malignant; virulent; showing obstinate prejudice.
  • Synonyms Deep-seated, chronic.
  • Habitual, hardened.

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

  • adv. in a habitual and longstanding manner
  • adj. habitual

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Latin inveterātus, past participle of inveterārī, to grow old, endure : in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + vetus, veter-, old; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin inveteratus ("of long standing, chronic"), form of inveterare, from in- ("in, into") + veterare ("to age"), from vetus, form of veteris ("old"); latter ancestor to veteran.

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  • A rhymer should be fairly literate

    And rewriting must be inveterate

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    And tune every line

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    February 15, 2013