Inveterate

  • 1 inveterate — inveterate, confirmed, chronic, deep seated, deep rooted are comparable when meaning so firmly established or settled that change is almost impossible. Inveterate applies especially to something which has persisted so long and so obstinately that …

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  • 2 Inveterate — In*vet er*ate, a. [L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in in + vetus, veteris, old. See {Veteran}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Old; long established. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It is an inveterate and received opinion. Bacon. [1913… …

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  • 3 inveterate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a long standing and firmly established habit or activity: an inveterate gambler. 2) (of a feeling or habit) firmly established. DERIVATIVES inveteracy noun inveterately adverb. ORIGIN Latin inveteratus made old …

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  • 4 Inveterate — In*vet er*ate, v. t. To fix and settle by long continuance. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 inveterate — I adjective accustomed, addicted, chronic, chronical, confirmed, customary, deep rooted, entrenched, established, firmly established, fixed, frequent, habitual, habituated, hardened, ingrained, inured, inveteratus, longstanding, penitus defixus,… …

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  • 6 inveterate — (adj.) late 14c., from L. inveteratus of long standing, chronic, pp. of inveterare become old in, from in in, into (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + veterare to make old, from vetus (gen. veteris) old (see VETERAN (Cf …

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  • 7 inveterate — [adj] long standing, established abiding, accustomed, addicted, chronic, confirmed, continuing, customary, deep rooted, deep seated, dyed in the wool*, enduring, entrenched, fixed, habitual, habituated, hardcore*, hardened, inbred, incorrigible,… …

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  • 8 inveterate — [in vet′ər it] adj. [L inveteratus, pp. of inveterare, to make or become old < in , in + vetus, old: see VETERAN] 1. firmly established over a long period; of long standing; deep rooted 2. settled in a habit, practice, prejudice, etc.;… …

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  • 9 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… …

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  • 10 inveterate — adjective /ɪnˈvɛ.tɚ.ɪt/ a) Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit. a Heavens radiance of justice, prophetic, clearly of Heaven, discernible behind all …

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  • 11 inveterate — [[t]ɪnve̱tərət[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n If you describe someone as, for example, an inveterate liar or smoker, you mean that they have lied or smoked for a long time and are not likely to stop doing it. Anderson has a reputation as an inveterate gambler …

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  • 12 inveterate — adjective (only before noun) 1 inveterate liar/smoker/womanizer etc someone who smokes a lot, lies a lot etc and cannot stop: a voracious reader and inveterate talker 2 inveterate fondness/distrust/hatred etc an attitude or feeling that you have… …

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  • 13 inveterate — adjective 1) an inveterate gambler Syn: confirmed, hardened, incorrigible, addicted, habitual, compulsive, obsessive; informal pathological, chronic 2) an inveterate liberal Syn: staunch, steadfast, committed …

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  • 14 inveterate — Long seated; firmly established; said of a disease or of confirmed habits. [L. in vetero, pp. atus, to render old, fr. vetus, old] * * * in·vet·er·ate in vet ə rət, ve trət adj 1) marked by long duration or frequent recurrence <inveterate… …

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  • 15 inveterate — in|vet|e|rate [ınˈvetərıt] adj [only before noun] written [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of inveterare to get old , from vetus old ] 1.) inveterate liar/smoker/womanizer etc someone who lies a lot, smokes a lot etc and… …

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  • 16 inveterate — inveterately, adv. inveterateness, n. /in vet euhr it/, adj. 1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler. 2. firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.;… …

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  • 17 inveterate — adj. Inveterate is used with these nouns: ↑gambler, ↑traveller …

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  • 18 inveterate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. habitual, hardened; fixed, set. See habit, resolution. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ingrained, confirmed, deep rooted; see chronic , habitual 1 , permanent 2 . See Synonym Study at chronic . III… …

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  • 19 inveterate — in|vet|er|ate [ ın vetərət ] adjective only before noun always doing a particular thing, especially something bad, and unlikely to change: an inveterate liar/gambler/critic …

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  • 20 inveterate — [ɪn vɛt(ə)rət] adjective having a long standing and firmly established habit or activity: he was an inveterate gambler. ↘(of a feeling or habit) firmly established. Derivatives inveteracy noun inveterately adverb Origin ME (referring to disease,… …

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