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adj. so·ber·er, so·ber·est
1. Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
2. Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants: a former addict who has been sober for 10 years.
3. Straightforward and serious; not exaggerated, emotional, or silly: gave a sober assessment of the situation.
4. Serious or staid in character or conduct: Sober people refrained from making a judgment until all the facts came out. See Synonyms at serious.
5. Plain or subdued, as in decoration: sober attire.
tr. & intr.v. so·bered, so·ber·ing, so·bers
To make or become sober: "He could not be dissuaded and set off again on his foolish way while we headed north, saddened and sobered by his recklessness, and by the waste of his hours" (Rick Bass).
Phrasal Verb:
sober up
1. To make or become free from intoxication: sobered herself up after the party; tried to sober up with coffee.
2. To make or become free from habitual intoxication: He has been trying to sober up for years.

[Middle English sobre, temperate, not inebriated, from Old French, from Latin sōbrius; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

so′ber·ly adv.
so′ber·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soberness - the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcoholsoberness - the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
temporary state - a state that continues for a limited time
drunkenness, inebriety, insobriety, tipsiness, intoxication, inebriation - a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
2.soberness - a manner that is serious and solemn
serious-mindedness, earnestness, seriousness, sincerity - the trait of being serious; "a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice
stodginess, stuffiness - dull and pompous gravity


The practice of refraining from use of alcoholic liquors:
رَزانَه، تَعَقُّل، إنْضِباط النَّفْس
òaî aî vera algáîur


(ˈsəubə) adjective
1. not drunk. He was still sober when he left.
2. serious in mind. a sober mood.
3. (of colour) not bright. She wore a sober (grey) dress.
4. moderate; not overdone or too emotional. His account of the accident was factual and sober.
ˈsobering adjective
a sobering experience/thought.
ˈsoberly adverb
ˈsoberness noun
the quality which a thing, person etc has when sober. soberness of mind.
sober up
to make or become (more) sober.
References in classic literature ?
Yates had staid to see the destruction of every theatrical preparation at Mansfield, the removal of everything appertaining to the play: he left the house in all the soberness of its general character; and Sir Thomas hoped, in seeing him out of it, to be rid of the worst object connected with the scheme, and the last that must be inevitably reminding him of its existence.
It was, indeed, quite true that the household had not been shining examples either of temperance, soberness, or chastity.
It wouldn't be half bad," said Mary, with a soberness which impressed Ralph very much.
He had so often gone over in his mind the possibility of explaining everything without aggravating appearances that would tell, perhaps unfairly, against Bulstrode, and had so often decided against it--he had so often said to himself that his assertions would not change people's impressions-- that Dorothea's words sounded like a temptation to do something which in his soberness he had pronounced to be unreasonable.
All of them faced the things of life seriously, and their opinions seemed to reflect a double tinge of soberness, on the one hand, from the twilight hues of well-nigh forgotten joys that could never more be revived for them; and, on the other, from the gray dawn which gave promise of a glorious day.
de Bellegarde evidently appreciated the comical element in the question, but he looked at Newman a moment with extreme soberness.
Our appearance, the soberness of our gait made us conspicuous.
These perplexities checking his elation imparted to his tone a soberness well in keeping with the circumstances.
But when he entered Razumov's room late in the evening it was with an unaccustomed soberness of manner, almost solemnly.
The last time this sort of soberness was witnessed was during Independence, when Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta made peace with the colonialists.
I took a long pause to digest what I just saw, the soberness quickly evaporated and we erupted in spontaneous laughter: Hard, gut-wrenching laughter.
The mother of Edward Creal, the founder of Creal Springs, was named Temperance Soberness Wilburn.