Definitions for inveterateɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•vet•er•ateɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt(adj.)
confirmed in a habit, feeling, or the like:
an inveterate gambler.
firmly established by long continuance, as a disease; chronic.
Origin of inveterate:
1375–1425; late ME < L inveterātus, orig. ptp. of inveterāre to grow old, allow to grow old, preserve =in-in -2+veterāre, v. der. of vetus, s. veter- old; cf. veteran
"a chronic smoker"
in a habitual and longstanding manner
To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.
Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.
Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
Origin: From inveteratus, form of inveterare, from in- + veterare, from vetus, form of veteris; latter ancestor to veteran.
firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse
having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker
malignant; virulent; spiteful
to fix and settle by long continuance
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