• WordNet 3.6
    • n intoxication excitement and elation beyond the bounds of sobriety "the intoxication of wealth and power"
    • n intoxication a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
    • n intoxication the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated
    • Intoxication A high excitement of mind; an elation which rises to enthusiasm, frenzy, or madness. "That secret intoxication of pleasure."
    • Intoxication (Med) A poisoning, as by a alcoholic or a narcotic substance.
    • Intoxication The state of being intoxicated or drunk; inebriation; ebriety; drunkenness; the act of intoxicating or making drunk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
    • n intoxication Poisoning.
    • n intoxication The act of inebriating, or the state of being inebriated; drunkenness; the state produced by drinking too much of an alcoholic liquid, or by the use of opium, hashish, or the like.
    • n intoxication Figuratively, high excitement of mind; uncontrollable passion; frenzy.
    • n intoxication Synonyms Inebriety.
    • n intoxication Infatuation, delirium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When 7-year-old Shirley Temple’s life was insured with Lloyd’s, the contract stipulated that no benefits would be paid if the child film star met with death or injury while intoxicated.
    • n Intoxication state of being drunk: high excitement or elation
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  • Lord Byron
    “Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.”
  • Immermann
    “Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. intoxicāre, -ātumtoxicum—Gr. toxikon, a poison in which arrows were dipped—toxon, an arrow.


In literature:

An hour after, he was bounding into the moonlight in an intoxication of triumph.
"The Book-Bills of Narcissus" by Le Gallienne, Richard
Anne Chute entered, and finding the man she loved in an intoxicated condition she withdrew in sorrow and disgust.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
The beverage is health-giving and intoxicating, and excites the desire to seek Tlapallan, but not more.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
A day or two afterwards, I found him in the house half intoxicated.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
A day or two afterwards, I found him in the house half intoxicated.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
No intoxicating liquor of any kind can be had in the house.
"A Visit To The United States In 1841" by Joseph Sturge
Absolute or limited divorce for cruelty or habitual intoxication.
"A Short History of Women's Rights" by Eugene A. Hecker
Then, quite recovered from the intoxication into which she had been led by Rafael's passionate appeal, she began to speak calmly, composedly.
"The Torrent" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Very few cottage women are inclined to drink, and they are seldom seen at 'public' or intoxicated.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
The cup which has intoxicated almost all others sobered him.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In poetry:

"And when the Summer Heat is great,
And every hour intense,
The Moghra, with its subtle flowers,
Intoxicates the sense."
"Story Of Udaipore: Told" by Laurence Hope
Does it not, too, refresh, revive,
And oft intoxicate the brain,
And make the being all alive
With keenest joy, or keenest pain?
"Love And Wine" by Thomas Frederick Young
Up to heaven a cry has gone,
Mourning, woe, and lamentation;
The chains are thine in which we groan,
Dread demon of Intoxication.
"The Warning Wail" by Janet Hamilton
You lived hidden in a secluded place,
intoxicated with the aroma of flowers,
reaching forth to God
through the lattices of the saints.
"O Presul Vere Civitatis" by Hildegard von Bingen
"We touch not, taste not, handle not,"
What can intoxicate;
We'll live and die without a blot,
And shun the drunkard's fate.
Then rouse, my lads, &c.
"Come All Ye Young Teetotallers" by John Pierpont
S. B. f-Shtein
There is such love that’s similar to smoke: If it is bound – it’s intoxicating,
Receiving freedom – vanished, not awaiting…
Be like the smoke – but in young years locked.
"Two Loves" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky

In news:

There's something irresistible about how difficult it is to label City on the Make 's music, and it's part of what makes their latest album, Keep This on Fire, so intoxicating.
Now, I have been hammered a time or two in my life but even at the most intoxicated, never did I think something like this was a smart idea.
Fame is an intoxicating lure for the multitudes who admire those who have achieved it.
They've been charged with public intoxication and urinating, and one of them was charged for underage drinking and disorderly conduct.
Zeesban Shariff, 34, of East Stroudsburg, Pa. Was charged with driving while intoxicated on Monday, Oct 8, at 2 am Shariff was initially stopped on Route 22 for allegedly speeding.
Ex-'Melrose Place' actress's intoxicated statements permissible in upcoming trial.
A man who was intoxicated and masturbating to pornography when he drove a stolen car through the crime scene tape surrounding the homicide of a teen-age boy last year will not have to register as a sex offender.
He's charged with public intoxication, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
DRUNKEN DRIVING, COLUMBIA ROAD: A North Olmsted man was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated Nov 11 after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at a construction site.
Collectors Intoxicated by Luxury Labels Are Played for Fools.
0201 Traffic stop on Pine Street – Arrest made for Driving While Intoxicated.
POTSDAM – Two people were charged with driving while intoxicated in Potsdam Sunday.
Premises Liability – Intoxicated plaintiff's case correctly dismissed in part.
BUNNELL (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to riding his horse while intoxicated during a half-hour police chase through the streets of a north Florida city.
Former Albany River Rat Robert "Bobby" Hughes was acquitted of a charge he sodomized an intoxicated woman he picked up in a Delmar tavern.

In science:

This tells you how exciting and intoxicating the idea is, or rather was.
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics