Definition of inveterate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛt(ə)rət/


1Having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change: an inveterate gambler
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  • They are inveterate gamblers, drink as much beer as their wages will permit, are devoted to bawdy jokes, and use probably the foulest language in the world.
  • The Clermont club was founded in 1962 by inveterate gambler Aspinall, in London's Berkeley Square.
  • Being an inveterate gambler, the fourth son was only too glad to accept the offer.
1.1(Of a feeling or habit) long-established and unlikely to change: his inveterate hostility to what he considered to be the ‘reactionary’ powers
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  • According to the media, people nationwide have developed an offbeat mentality characterized by inveterate hostility to the rich.
  • Every administration, that is, until this one, which from its first days has made clear its inveterate hostility to arms control.
  • The three have a lot in common with each other in their inveterate hatred of that ethnic group.
habitual, addicted, compulsive, obsessive, obsessional
informal pathological, hooked
staunch, steadfast, committed, devoted, dedicated;



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛt(ə)rəsi/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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.


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').

  • veteran from early 16th century:

    Veteran comes via French from Latin vetus ‘old’, also the source of inveterate (Late Middle English) ‘long-standing’. Vet, the abbreviation, is recorded from the mid 19th century. The other kind of vet, also mid 19th-century, is a shortening of veterinary [18th] from Latin veterinarius, from veterinae ‘cattle’.

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