inveterate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inveterate habitual "a chronic smoker"
    • adv inveterate in a habitual and longstanding manner "smoking chronically"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inveterate Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse. "Heal the inveterate canker of one wound."
    • Inveterate Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
    • Inveterate Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
    • Inveterate Old; long-established. "It is an inveterate and received opinion."
    • v. t Inveterate To fix and settle by long continuance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inveterate To make inveterate; render chronic; establish by force of habit.
    • inveterate Old; long established.
    • inveterate Firmly established by long continuance; deep-rooted; obstinate: generally, though not always, in a derogatory sense: as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate enemy.
    • inveterate Confirmed in any habit; having habits fixed by long continuance: applied to persons: as, an inveterate smoker.
    • inveterate Malignant; virulent; showing obstinate prejudice.
    • inveterate Synonyms Deep-seated, chronic.
    • inveterate Habitual, hardened.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inveterate in-vet′ėr-āt firmly established by long continuance: deep-rooted, confirmed in any habit: violent
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Quotations

  • Ernest Dimnet
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    “Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “Hatred is inveterate anger.”
  • George Santayana
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    “The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare, to render old; pref. in-, in + vetus, veteris, old. See Veteran
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inveterāre, -ātum, to grow old—in, in, vetus, veteris, old.

Usage

In literature:

The question of Free-will might be a text for discoursing on some of the most inveterate erroneous tendencies of the mind.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
I have told the most inveterate of them, that they were mistaken as to your character.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green
I do shoot; but I am not an inveterate sportsman.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
The Duke of Ormond, the object of his inveterate hatred, was at that time Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
Now, Don was one of the most inveterate practical jokers in the world, and the most accomplished one we ever saw.
"The Boy Trapper" by Harry Castlemon
You ask, who are these inveterate enemies of mine?
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
The "We don't know" is even more inveterate with them, and it is reinforced with the just comment, "We are not the masters.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
Arthur was an inveterate traveler.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
To women and children he was very gentle, but he had an inveterate dislike to all men.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
Not so the inveterate Professor.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
There is a graceful charm about them before which the most inveterate bachelor succumbs.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
He was an inveterate 'lady-killer' before his marriage, as you may have heard.
"Murder at Bridge" by Anne Austin
She soon discovered, that though he had lately forborn persecuting the Beaumonts, he retained the most inveterate enmity to the whole family.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The negroes are most inveterate policy players.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
There was a man whom I knew who was an inveterate drinker.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
The "inveterate deliberation," thus thoroughly matured, Gerard now proceeded to carry into effect.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
A child previously honest, under its baneful influence will soon become an inveterate liar.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Just because our hero was, and had been since his childhood, an inveterate smoker.
"Jarwin and Cuffy" by R.M. Ballantyne
Questioned, Olive would have found it hard to tell why the inveterate harping upon Brenton vexed her so.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
She hasn't been anything whatever, I surmise, that she has not inveterately been.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
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In poetry:

The mystery she holds
For him, inveterately he strains to see,
And sight of his obtuseness is the key
Among those folds.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
And, as the unknowing ploughman climbs
Slowly and inveterately,
I wonder long how many times
The corn will spring again for me.
"The Ploughman" by Gordon Bottomley
Nor know they us. Yea, well enough
In that inveterate machine
Through which we speak the printed stuff
Daily, with voice most hugeous, mien
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
A plaster made of figs (if from above
'Tis blest) may heal the most inveterate sore,
And the most common med'cine may remove
An ail, that yielded to no art before.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard
Like a torch-flame that by day
Up the daylight twists, and, pale,
Catches air in leaps that fail,
Crushed by the inveterate ray,
Through her shines the Ten-Years' Tale.
"Cassandra" by George Meredith
Henceforth of her the Gods are known,
Open to them her breast is laid.
Inveterate of brain, heart-valiant,
Never did fairer creature pant
Before the altar and the blade!
"France--December 1870" by George Meredith

In news:

She is an inveterate booster and recruiter for Harvey Mudd.
Inveterate New York cabaret singer Cynthia Crane and her playwright husband, Ted Story, sent out an invitation recently for a "moving out party" at their 1855 townhouse on West 11th Street: "THE PARTY GOES ON SURE HOPE YOU ARE COMING".
It saps the strength of even the perkiest child, the most inveterate traveler.
To the inveterate snacker, the tidbit fanatic, the unapologetic lover of tapas, antipasti, and other foods miniature, dim sum is Nirvana Central.
Inveterate novel-readers, not a common tribe today, can still be both fascinated and comforted by a vision of history, and by a novel confident enough to supply one.
Jackson isn't some inveterate or knee-jerk skeptic with respect to the possibility of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker 's existence.
Even though you might be an inveterate tinkerer and builder, it's occasionally a good idea to put down those hot irons, sweep off the workbench and turn off the test equipment.
I AM an inveterate consumer of peanuts and peanut butter, and to the extent that I can integrate either into my cooking, I do so.
Inveterate traveler is back home in Canton with former classmate.
Inveterate traveler is back home in Canton with former classmate .
He was also a resourceful and inveterate debt scold, and something of a lyricist to boot.
I did, and it would be safe to say I'm an inveterate humbug.
As she peered down through the water at the south end of Loch Lomond, inveterate kayaker Alecia Morgan spied something big, round and white.
As football and baseball overlap at this time of year, one inveterate channel surfer is struck by the big difference between them, which is The Big Play.
Jonathan Ames is an inveterate navel-gazer.
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