Definition of inveterate in English:

inveterate

Line breaks: in|vet¦er|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛt(ə)rət
 
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adjective

[attributive]

Derivatives

inveteracy

noun
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  • The inveteracy of her pursuit is unfathomable for she is completely deprived of pity and compassion.
  • He has brought back the doctrines of Calvinism in all their inveteracy, and relaxed the inveteracy of his northern accents.

inveterately

adverb
More example sentences
  • But the king is inveterately prey to the hungers of the senses, ad pleads pitifully with son after son to take on his senility and gift him youth for some time more.
  • For Homer in the early 1870s that ending set the course of his life as an inveterately single man.
  • People at the low end of the scale operate in an inveterately passive state during media exposure.

Origin

late Middle English (referring to disease, in the sense 'of long standing, chronic'): from Latin inveteratus 'made old', past participle of inveterare (based on vetus, veter- 'old').

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