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inveterate

adjective

adverb

Etymology summary

Middle English, from Latin inveterātus, past participle of inveterārī, to grow...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

inveterate | hardened [synonym, sense-specific] | hostile [synonym, sense-specific] | inveteracy [derived] | inveterateness [noun, derived]

long established, especially so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained | [prenominal] settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, especially a bad one; ... (23 of 454 words, 3 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

inveterate | habitual [synonym, sense-specific] | bred-in-the-bone [synonym, sense-specific] | confirmed [synonym, sense-specific] | deep [synonym, sense-specific] | deep-rooted [synonym, sense-specific] | deep-seated [synonym, sense-specific] | entrenched [synonym, sense-specific] | hard-core [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

firmly established by long persistence | confirmed in a habit; "habitual" (10 of 221 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

inveterate | inveterated [past tense] | inveterating [present participle] | inveterates [3rd-person singular present] | casual [antonym, sense-specific] | Old [synonym, sense-specific] | confirmed [synonym, sense-specific] | Malignant [synonym, sense-specific] | spiteful [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit. | [persons] Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker. | ... (33 of 153 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Chronic [disambiguation]

may refer to: Chronic (medicine), a condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects | Chronic toxicity, a substance with toxic effects after continuous or repeated exposure | The Chronic, a 1992 album by Dr. Dre | The ... (39 of 120 words, 6 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

inveterate | inveteracy [derived] | inveterately [derived]

[attributive] : having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change | (of a feeling or habit) ... (21 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

inveterate | inveteracy [noun, related] | inveterateness [noun, related] | inveterately [adverb, related]

Firmly and long established; deep-rooted | Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual (11 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

inveterate | inveteracy [noun, related] | inveterately [adverb, related]

firmly established over a long period; of long standing; deep-rooted | settled in a habit, practice, prejudice, etc.; habitual (18 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

inveterate [only before noun]

always doing a particular thing, especially something bad, and unlikely to change (12 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

inveterate

settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like. | firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, ... (22 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

inveterate [disapproving] | an inveterate liar/gambler, etc. | inveterate liar, etc. | inveterate gambler, etc.

someone who does something very often and cannot stop doing it (11 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

inveterate

fixed in a habit or practice, especially a bad one | firmly established and of long standing (16 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

inveterate

Origin: Middle English, from Latin inveterātus, past participle of inveterārī, to grow old, endure: in-, causative ... (15 of 30 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

inveterate

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Latin inveteratus "of long standing, chronic", past participle of inveterare "become old in", from in- "in, into" + ... (21 of 29 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

inveterate

Origin: late Middle English (referring to disease, in the sense "of long standing, chronic"): from Latin inveteratus "made old", past participle of ... (21 of 27 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

inveterate | inveterated [past tense] | inveterating [present participle] | inveterates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin inveteratus ("of long standing, chronic"), form of inveterare, from in- ("in, into") + veterare ("to age"), from vetus, form of veteris ("old"); latter ancestor to veteran.

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Merriam-Webster:

inveterate

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin inveteratus, from past participle of inveterare to age (transitive verb), from in- + veter-, vetus old

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New World Dictionary:

inveterate

Origin: Latin inveteratus, past participle of inveterare, to make or become old from in-, in + vetus, old: see "veteran"

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Collins Dictionary:

inveterate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin inveterātus of long standing, from inveterāre to make old, from in-2 + vetus old

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Encarta Dictionary:

inveterate

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin inveteratus, past participle of inveterare "become old" from veter- "old"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622236​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

inveterate

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

inveterate [only before noun]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

inveterate [only before noun]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

inveterate [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "inveterate"

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the Free Dictionary:

inveterate

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Google Dictionary:

inveterate

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

inveterate

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YourDictionary Audio:

inveterate

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