- The definition of inveterate is something longstanding, ingrained or unlikely to change.
A person who has smoked for 50 years is an example of someone who would be described as an inveterate smoker.
- firmly established over a long period; of long standing; deep-rooted
- settled in a habit, practice, prejudice, etc.; habitual
Origin of inveterateClassical Latin inveteratus, past participle of inveterare, to make or become old ; from in-, in + vetus, old: see veteran
- Firmly and long established; deep-rooted: inveterate preferences.
- Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual: an inveterate liar. See Synonyms at chronic.
Origin of inveterateMiddle English, from Latin inveterātus, past participle of inveterārī, to grow old, endure : in-, causative pref.; see in–2 + vetus, veter-, old; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.
- in·vet′er·a·cy , in·vet′er·ate·ness
(comparative more inveterate, superlative most inveterate)
(third-person singular simple present inveterates, present participle inveterating, simple past and past participle inveterated)
- 1640, Edward Dacres, translation of The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, Chapter XIX :
- "none of these Princes do use to maintaine any armies together, which are annex'd and inveterated with the governments of the provinces, as were the armies of the Roman Empire. "
- 1851 January, author unknown, "The Philosophy of the American Union, in The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, page 16:
- "The foregoing elements of disunion are inveterated by the constituent formation of our national legislature. In the French chambers the members are all Frenchmen ; but our members of Congress are effectively Georgians, New-Yorkers, Carolinians, Pennsylvanians, &c."