• WordNet 3.6
    • n drunkenness the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess "drink was his downfall"
    • n drunkenness a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
    • n drunkenness habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drunkenness Disorder of the faculties, resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage. "Passion is the drunkenness of the mind."
    • Drunkenness The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual state or the habit. "The Lacedemonians trained up their children to hate drunkenness by bringing a drunken man into their company."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drunkenness The state of being drunk, or overpowered by intoxicants; the habit of indulging in intoxicants; intoxication; inebriation.
    • n drunkenness Disorder of the faculties resembling intoxication; intense excitement; frenzy; rage.
    • n drunkenness In mech., unsteadiness, crookedness, or inequality of pitch in a screw, such that the nut either wabbles or does not advance at a constant speed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Drunkenness excessive drinking: habitual intemperance
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  • William James
    “If merely feeling good could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Drunkenness is temporary suicide.”
  • Seneca
    “Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”
  • Henry Miller
    “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
  • Aristotle
    “It is better to rise from life as from a banquet -- neither thirsty nor drunken.”
  • Aristotle
    “It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken.”


In literature:

So the search of the old hall, that had once resounded to the drunken tread of gay French grandees, began again.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Then I was a drunken man, and a great swearer; but I thank God he has changed my heart.
"The Hero of the Humber" by Henry Woodcock
He staggered downstairs like a drunken man.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The carriage was waiting, and the other drunken son must be conveyed to his father's house.
"Three People" by Pansy
I cannot afford to employ drunken men in these shops.
"Robert Hardy's Seven Days" by Charles Monroe Sheldon
You must see how drunkenness stores up misery for you here and hereafter.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
The drunken fool gave Mose a tug.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
He had taken care that I should know what drunkenness meant.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Poverty, drunkenness, crime, illegitimacy stamp themselves upon the home life.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Murder and robbery and drunkenness were everywhere.
"The Scarlet Plague" by Jack London

In poetry:

And many met us with song and dancing,
Mantled in skins and crowned with flowers,
Waving goblets and torches glancing,
Faces drunken, and grinned in ours:
"The Three Pilgrims" by Archibald Lampman
'O drunken not with wine,
Whose sins and sorrows have fulfilled the sum,—
Be not afraid, arise, be no more dumb;
Arise, shine,
For thy light is come.'—
"Christian And Jew" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
And so that I should know the difference
From those old drunken words at night,
You suddenly said to me "I love you!"
Your lips were calm, your words were right!
""You used to say to me "I love you!"..."" by Konstantin Simonov
'Tis not a day, in sauntring to be past,
In drunkenness, or to some bad intent,
But 'tis a day, which, long as it does last,
Shou'd be in holy works entirely spent.
"Concerning The Sabbath" by Rees Prichard
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
"Snow" by Louis MacNeice
Who, whilst in Sodom, kept himself so well,
So free from ev'ry fault, as holy Lot?
Yet, in a cave, thro' drunkenness he fell,
And there his former principles forgot.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Powell's Drunken Pair Prioritize Language.
Comedian Andy Dick was the center of attention Monday afternoon at a Los Angeles coffee house, drunkenly flashing his genitals, and RadarOnline.com has learned it was no laughing matter.
Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.
"Ritalin For The Markets", "Drunken Sailors", " Promiscuous Economists", And "QE3 Won't Work".
Super' drunken driver destroyes putting green , gets probation.
Super' drunken driver destroyes putting green, gets probation.
50 drunken elephants ransack village in India, drink 130 gallons of moonshine.
A driver who struck and killed a pedestrian in Rapid City about a year ago has been sentenced to serve 100 days in jail for drunken driving.
Colorado police officers took a wild, drunken ride through.
Deported illegal pleads guilty to re-entering U.S. A 29-year-old Mexican national who killed a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash has pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the country as a felon.
The man was later arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, has been sentenced to probation and community service in a Michigan drunken driving case.
Jason Mack — a 250-pound city janitor — admits he drunkenly pleasured himself onto a 14-year-old girl on a crowded 1 train a decade ago.
A man accused of throwing the cup that sparked a 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
The stunning 22-year-old heiress and her new husband James Stunt 's married life didn't get off to the ideal start, after the groom's best man drunkenly appeared in their hotel room and got into bed with them.

In science:

In a pictorial language, F (n, v ) is the probability that a sober man walking at constant speed v , and a drunken sailor stepping forward and backward erratically, both leaving a pub at some initial time, do not meet up to time n.
Statistics of persistent events in the binomial random walk: Will the drunken sailor hit the sober man?