Definition of inebriate in English:


Syllabification: in·e·bri·ate
formal or • humorous


Pronunciation: /iˈnēbrēˌāt
[with object] (often as adjective inebriated)


Pronunciation: /-brē-it
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  • A drunkard.
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    • Philostratus in turn described Andros as a land of Cockaigne for inebriates.
    • The Magistrates, believing that imprisonment would not reform the woman, decided to send her to an inebriates' home for two years.
    • It was more like a soccer match attended by a club of misanthropic inebriates.


Pronunciation: /-brē-it
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  • Drunk; intoxicated.
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    • To that end, if anyone wants an inebriate Santa staying on their floor sometime in December, do let me know.
    • An inebriate Glaswegian was ahead of me in the queue.
    • We hooked up with the wedding party towards the inebriate end of the evening - my word, did we ever.



Pronunciation: /ˌiniˈbrī-itē/
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  • It is tolerable only in advanced states of inebriety.
  • Although it was by now only 2.30 in the afternoon, I took refuge in ‘The Parkville’ where the atmosphere of inebriety resembled closing-time.
  • The American Association for the Cure of Inebriates promoted the concept of inebriety as a hereditary disease exacerbated by chronic debauchery.


late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare 'intoxicate' (based on ebrius 'drunk').

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