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firmly established by long continuance, as a disease; chronic; settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, or feeling: He’s an inveterate runner.
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invertebrate – without a backbone; without strength of character: She’s an invertebrate who will lie about anything to stay out of trouble.
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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.
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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
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in•vet•er•ate(ɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt)
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.
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|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"|
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1. chronic, confirmed, incurable, hardened, established, long-standing, hard-core, habitual, obstinate, incorrigible, dyed-in-the-wool, ineradicable, deep-dyed (usually derogatory) an inveterate gambler
2. deep-rooted, entrenched, ingrained, deep-seated, incurable, established the inveterate laziness of these boys
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1. Firmly established by long standing:
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inveterate[ɪnˈvɛtərət] adj → invétéré(e)
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
inveterate[ɪnˈvɛt/ərɪt] adj (habit, gambler) → inveterato/a; (liar, smoker) → incallito/a
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