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inebriate Syllabification: in·e·bri·ate
formal or , humorous

Definition of inebriate in English:


Pronunciation: /iˈnēbrēˌāt/
[with object] (often as adjective inebriated)
Make (someone) drunk; intoxicate.
Example sentences
  • The old man was not inebriated or hurt by a passing vehicle.
  • The mud underfoot is fast becoming a river and various members of the crew are skidding and staggering across the car park, like inebriated Bambis.
  • Two foreign tours later, my garden had become a cider-pond, surrounded by staggering inebriated wasps.
drunk, intoxicated, inebriate, impaired, drunken, tipsy, under the influence
informal plastered, smashed, bombed, sloshed, sozzled, sauced, lubricated, well oiled, wrecked, juiced, blasted, stinko, blitzed, baked, half-cut, fried, gassed, polluted, tanked (up), soaked, out of one's head/skull, loaded, trashed, buzzed, befuddled, besotted, pickled, pixilated, canned, cockeyed, blotto, blind drunk, roaring drunk, dead drunk, punch-drunk, ripped, stewed, tight, the worse for wear, far gone, pie-eyed, three sheets to the wind
vulgar slang shit-faced
British informal bladdered, lashed
informal,, dated in one's cups, merry
literary crapulous


Pronunciation: /iˈnēbrēət/
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A drunkard.
Example sentences
  • 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: /iˈnēbrēət/
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Drunk; intoxicated.
Example sentences
  • 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/
Example sentences
  • 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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