inveterate

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inveterate

firmly established by long continuance, as a disease; chronic; settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, or feeling: He’s an inveterate runner.
Not to be confused with:
invertebrate – without a backbone; without strength of character: She’s an invertebrate who will lie about anything to stay out of trouble.

in·vet·er·ate

 (ĭn-vĕt′ər-ĭt)
adj.
1. Firmly and long established; deep-rooted: inveterate preferences.
2. Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual: an inveterate liar. See Synonyms at chronic.

[Middle English, from Latin inveterātus, past participle of inveterārī, to grow old, endure : in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + vetus, veter-, old; see wet- in Indo-European roots.]

in·vet′er·a·cy (-ər-ə-sē), in·vet′er·ate·ness n.
in·vet′er·ate·ly adv.

inveterate

(ɪnˈvɛtərɪt)
adj
1. long established, esp so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained: an inveterate feeling of hostility.
2. (prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, esp a bad one; hardened: an inveterate smoker.
3. obsolete full of hatred; hostile
[C16: from Latin inveterātus of long standing, from inveterāre to make old, from in-2 + vetus old]
inˈveteracy, inˈveterateness n
inˈveterately adv

in•vet•er•ate

(ɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt)

adj.
1. confirmed in a habit, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
2. firmly established by long continuance, as a disease; chronic.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin inveterātus, orig. past participle of inveterāre to grow old, allow to grow old, preserve =in- in-2 + veterāre, v. derivative of vetus, s. veter- old; compare veteran]
in•vet′er•a•cy (-ə si) n.
in•vet′er•ate•ly, adv.
in•vet′er•ate•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inveterate - habitual; "a chronic smoker"
usual - occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure; "grew the usual vegetables"; "the usual summer heat"; "came at the usual time"; "the child's usual bedtime"
Adv.1.inveterate - in a habitual and longstanding manner; "smoking chronically"

inveterate

adjective
2. deep-rooted, entrenched, ingrained, deep-seated, incurable, established the inveterate laziness of these boys
3. staunch, long-standing, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-dyed (usually derogatory) the spirit of an inveterate Tory

inveterate

adjective
2. Subject to a disease or habit for a long time:
Translations
inveteradomaligno

inveterate

[ɪnˈvetərɪt] ADJ [gambler] → empedernido; [laziness, selfishness] → inveterado

inveterate

[ɪnˈvɛtərət] adjinvétéré(e)

inveterate

adj dislike, hatredtief verwurzelt, abgrundtief; lazinesschronisch; opposition, prejudice, habithartnäckig; enemiesunversöhnlich; liar, gamblerunverbesserlich; collector, travellerpassioniert; inveterate smoker/criminalGewohnheitsraucher(in) m(f)/-verbrecher(in) m(f)

inveterate

[ɪnˈvɛtrɪt] adj (habit, gambler) → inveterato/a; (liar, smoker) → incallito/a
References in classic literature ?
As the Orientals say, "A cur's tail may be warmed, and pressed, and bound round with ligatures, and after a twelve years' labor bestowed upon it, still it will retain its natural form." The only effectual cure for such inveteracies as these tails exhibit is to make glue of them, which I believe is what is usually done with them, and then they will stay put and stick.