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Intoxication; drunkenness.


(ˌɪn ɪˈbraɪ ɪ ti)

drunkenness; intoxication.
[1780–90; in-2 + obsolete ebriety < Latin ēbrietās,=ēbri(us) drunk + -etās, variant of -itās -ity]


See also: Alcohol
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inebriety - a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
temporary state - a state that continues for a limited time
grogginess - a dazed and staggering state caused by alcohol
sottishness - stupefaction from drink


The condition of being intoxicated with alcoholic liquor:
References in classic literature ?
As she thought less of his inebriety, she thought more of his inconstancy and presumption; and with fewer struggles for politeness, replied,
Richard at that instant thrusting a mug before him, his features changed to the grin of idiocy, and seizing the vessel with both hands, he sank backward on the bench and drank until satiated, when he made an effort to lay aside the mug with the helplessness of total inebriety.
He was a man who would have made a success of life a century and a half ago when conversation was a passport to good company and inebriety no bar.
As there was no performance that night, Mr Crummles declared his intention of keeping it up till everything to drink was disposed of; but Nicholas having to play Romeo for the first time on the ensuing evening, contrived to slip away in the midst of a temporary confusion, occasioned by the unexpected development of strong symptoms of inebriety in the conduct of Mrs Grudden.
Others mentioned in passing had their cases discharged when magistrates were advised that their crimes were connected to "war psycho-neuroses," "neurasthenia," "hysteria," "psychasthenic inebriety," and "mental depression," suggesting that pre-trial diagnosis was, at first, far more significant than post-conviction treatment.
And the explanation in a detailed and general manner of one point is obscure to me: [this point is] how to treat a drunk or how to treat him when his inebriety overcomes him, when his friend is inattentive and his claimer is awakened.
To the literati, whose social standing did not permit inebriety, an image of an intoxicated farmer may have symbolized a free spirit; for the court painter, such images may have communicated the prosperity enjoyed by the agricultural workforce.
In the United States, alcohol has been associated with traffic crashes for more than 100 years, as indicated by the publication of the first scientific report on the effect of drinking by operators of "motorized wagons" in 1904 (Quarterly Journal of Inebriety 1904).
pronounced tendency to inebriety of any racial group except the