sottishness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sottishness lack of restraint in use of alcohol
    • n sottishness stupefaction from drink
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sottishness The state or character of being sottish. stupidity; dullness; foolishness.
    • n sottishness Stupidity from intoxication; drunken habits generally.
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Usage

In literature:

My first prediction is but a trifle, yet I will mention it, to show how ignorant those sottish pretenders to astrology are in their own concerns.
"The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift
I had heard tales of a growing sottishness, a decline in spirit, a squalid taste in pleasures.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his sottishness.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
In plain English, the complaint of "My son Benjamin" was drunkenness, of the stupid, pig-headed, sottish kind.
"A House to Let" by Charles Dickens
Gabriel strove to restrain himself from breaking out into brutal language about the sottish Malins and his pound.
"Dubliners" by James Joyce
Instead of his former gracefulness, he appeared sottish and vulgar, which made me extremely reserved with him.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
In fact, he had never had those tastes which bring a man to hopeless sottishness.
"Thyrza" by George Gissing
His next thought plunged him into contempt for Kit Ines, on account of the fellow's lapses to sottishness.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his sottishness.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
I will not argue pro et contra, as do the sottish sophisters of this town and other places.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
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In poetry:

"Ah, sottish Soul" said I,
When back to its cage again I saw it fly;
"Fool to resume her broken chain!
And row her galley here again!"
"The Despair" by Abraham Cowley
The youth the pardon little minded,
So much his sottish soul was blinded;
But though he mourn'd no past transgression,
He liked the future rich possession.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
Some sneer at me, because I sober keep,
And seldom seem to smile at any one;
Whilst many a briny tear I kindly weep,
To see them all by sottishness undone.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard