• WordNet 3.6
    • n sobriety abstaining from excess
    • n sobriety a manner that is serious and solemn
    • n sobriety moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
    • n sobriety the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sobriety Habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness; as, the sobriety of riper years. "Mirth makes them not mad,
      Nor sobriety sad."
    • Sobriety Habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors; as, a man of sobriety . "Public sobriety is a relative duty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sobriety The state, habit, or character of being sober. Especially— Temperance or moderation in the use of strong drink.
    • n sobriety Moderation in general conduct or character; avoidance of excess or extremes.
    • n sobriety Reasonableness; saneness; soundness: as, sobriety of judgment.
    • n sobriety Modest or quiet demeanor; composure; sedateness; dignity; gravity; staidness.
    • n sobriety Synonyms and Abstinence, Temperance, etc. See abstemiousness.
    • n sobriety and Soberness, moderation, moderateness, regularity, steadiness, quietness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sobriety state or habit of being sober: calmness: gravity
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  • Oliver Reed
    Oliver Reed
    “I do not live in the world of sobriety.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality.”
  • Pythagoras
    “Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sobrietas,: cf. F. sobriété,. See Sober
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sobre—L. sobriusse, apart, not, ebrius, drunk.


In literature:

A true democracy can only exist on the basis of sobriety.
"The Arena" by Various
Virtue's clean conclave is sobriety.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
He became afraid to doubt his honesty or his sobriety lest his nights might be disturbed and his days filled with trouble.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
But nothing broke the charm of his spell-bound sobriety.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
That temperance and sobriety are the best guardians of health is an old story.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
But the pilasters, the door paneling, positively Doric in their clean sobriety!
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Surely no reasonable young man will expect sobriety in a companion, when he does not possess this qualification himself.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Even Henderson and such mercurial spirits were awed into silence and sobriety.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
He pointed to the North, an unlooked for sobriety upon his face.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Strict sobriety, I trust?
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke

In poetry:

Love justice, and sobriety pursue,
Use purity and holiness, indue
The robe of perfect love, and let no stain,
However slight, defile thy soul again.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
His was all the Norman's polish
And sobriety of grace;
All the Goth's majestic figure;
All the Roman's noble face;
And he stood the tall exemplar
Of a grand historic race.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
Let Sarahs now arise,
And Miriams all come forth;
With Hannahs truly wise,
To prove their genuine worth.
No power like theirs—save that above,
To teach sobriety and love.
"Female Aid Solicited" by John Pierpont
And after spending his earnings foolishly he beats his wife-
The man that promised to protect her during life-
And so the man would if there was no drink in society,
For seldom a man beats his wife in a state of sobriety.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall
When Barley after parting with some others of the ilk
Came panting up the narrow stairs, and drank our jug of milk,
Then broke out at his missus, and as fiercely answered she –
Where was the great advantage of our marked sobriety?
"The Happy Flatite" by Edward Dyson
Therefore, for this sufficient reason remove it from society,
For seldom burglary is committed in a state of sobriety;
And I earnestly entreat ye all to join with heart and hand,
And to help to chase away the Demon drink from bonnie Scotland.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Neil Young Opens Up About Sobriety .
Older Addict Makes Room for Sobriety .
The reason many gay men struggle with sobriety is due to sex addiction, according to filmmaker Duncan Roy.
The reason many gay men struggle with sobriety is due to sex addiction, writes filmmaker Duncan Roy in an op-ed for website The Fix.
At Augsburg, Students Balancing Books And Sobriety .
Sobriety Checkpoints in McMinn County.
For only the second time in Tennessee, sobriety checkpoints taking place this week will include large pictures of DUI victims along the roadside.
First Courtney Love Is Lindsey's Sobriety Coach Now this.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol will have sobriety checkpoints in November.
David Cassidy's field sobriety exercises.
The Florida Highway Patrol released this video of David Cassidy's field sobriety exercises, performed on Nov 3 following a traffic stop on Florida's Turnpike.
Bradley Cooper Talks Sobriety & Hollywood Excess.
The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol will hold a sobriety checkpoint in our area Friday.
The Cheatham County Sheriff's Department along with the Governor's Highway Safety Office, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, April 6.
I'm "Going Away" to Focus on Sobriety .

In science:

In order to prove results about the sobriety of the Gelfand spectrum, it will be advantageous to rely on the external description of S((cid:12)).
A Topos Model for Loop Quantum Gravity
As a property of topological spaces, sobriety is situated between T0 (the Kolmogorov condition) and T2 (the Hausdorff condition) (, p. 477).
A Topos Model for Loop Quantum Gravity