Drunkenness
Drunkenness Drunk"en*ness, n. 1. The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual state or the habit. [1913 Webster]

The Lacedemonians trained up their children to hate drunkenness by bringing a drunken man into their company. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Disorder of the faculties, resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage. [1913 Webster]

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind. -- South.

Syn: Intoxication; inebriation; inebriety. -- {Drunkenness}, {Intoxication}, {Inebriation}. Drunkenness refers more to the habit; intoxication and inebriation, to specific acts. The first two words are extensively used in a figurative sense; a person is intoxicated with success, and is drunk with joy. ``This plan of empire was not taken up in the first intoxication of unexpected success.'' --Burke.


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