inveterate
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin inveteratus, from past participle of inveterare to age (v.t.), from in- + veter-, vetus old — more at wether Date: 14th century 1. firmly established by long persistence <
the inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious
>
2. confirmed in a habit ; habitual <
an inveterate liar
>
inveterately adverb Synonyms: inveterate, confirmed, chronic mean firmly established. inveterate applies to a habit, attitude or feeling of such long existence as to be practically ineradicable or unalterable <
an inveterate smoker
>
. confirmed implies a growing stronger and firmer with time so as to resist change or reform <
a confirmed bachelor
>
. chronic suggests something that is persistent or endlessly recurrent and troublesome <
a chronic complainer
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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