I. adjective (soberer; soberest) Etymology: Middle English sobre, from Anglo-French, from Latin sobrius; akin to Latin ebrius drunk Date: 14th century 1. a. sparing in the use of food and drink ; abstemious b. not addicted to intoxicating drink c. not drunk 2. marked by sedate or gravely or earnestly thoughtful character or demeanor 3. unhurried, calm 4. marked by temperance, moderation, or seriousness <
a sober candlelight vigil
5. subdued in tone or color 6. showing no excessive or extreme qualities of fancy, emotion, or prejudice Synonyms: see serioussoberly adverbsoberness noun II. verb (sobered; sobering) Date: 14th century transitive verb to make sober intransitive verb to become sober — usually used with up

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