Inveteracy In*vet"er*a*cy, n. [From {Inveterate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Firm establishment by long continuance; firmness or deep-rooted obstinacy of any quality or state acquired by time; as, the inveteracy of custom, habit, or disease; -- usually in a bad sense; as, the inveteracy of prejudice or of error. [1913 Webster]

An inveteracy of evil habits that will prompt him to contract more. --A. Tucker. [1913 Webster]

2. Malignity; spitefulness; virulency. [1913 Webster]

The rancor of pamphlets, the inveteracy of epigrams, and the mortification of lampoons. --Guardian. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • inveteracy — noun Etymology: inveterate + cy Date: circa 1719 the quality or state of being obstinate or persistent ; tenacity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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