What does inveterate mean?

Definitions for inveterate
ɪnˈvɛt ər ɪtin·vet·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chronic, inveterate(adverb)

    habitual

    "a chronic smoker"

  2. chronically, inveterate(adverb)

    in a habitual and longstanding manner

    "smoking chronically"

Wiktionary

  1. inveterate(Verb)

    To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.

    Etymology: From inveteratus, form of inveterare, from in- + veterare, from vetus, form of veteris; latter ancestor to veteran.

  2. inveterate(Adjective)

    Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.

    Etymology: From inveteratus, form of inveterare, from in- + veterare, from vetus, form of veteris; latter ancestor to veteran.

  3. inveterate(Adjective)

    Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.

    Etymology: From inveteratus, form of inveterare, from in- + veterare, from vetus, form of veteris; latter ancestor to veteran.

  4. inveterate(Adjective)

    Malignant; virulent; spiteful.

    Etymology: From inveteratus, form of inveterare, from in- + veterare, from vetus, form of veteris; latter ancestor to veteran.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inveterate(adj)

    old; long-established

    Etymology: [L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old. See Veteran.]

  2. Inveterate(adj)

    firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse

    Etymology: [L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old. See Veteran.]

  3. Inveterate(adj)

    having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker

    Etymology: [L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old. See Veteran.]

  4. Inveterate(adj)

    malignant; virulent; spiteful

    Etymology: [L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old. See Veteran.]

  5. Inveterate(verb)

    to fix and settle by long continuance

    Etymology: [L. inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old. See Veteran.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inveterate

    in-vet′ėr-āt, adj. firmly established by long continuance: deep-rooted, confirmed in any habit: violent.—adv. Invet′erately.—ns. Invet′erateness, Invet′eracy, firmness produced by long use or continuance. [L. inveterāre, -ātum, to grow old—in, in, vetus, veteris, old.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inveterate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inveterate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of inveterate in a Sentence

  1. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step towards becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it be taken there is no hope. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. Sometimes the great truth is found out too late to apply to it any effectual remedy. Sometimes it is never found at all; and these form the desperate and inveterate causes of folly, self-conceit, and impertinence.

  2. Ernest Dimnet:

    Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.

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