Origin of Inveterate
Middle English from Latin inveterātus past participle of inveterārī to grow old, endure in- causative pref. in–2 vetus veter- old wet-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin inveteratus (“of long standing, chronic”), form of inveterare, from in- (“in, into”) + veterare (“to age”), from vetus, form of veteris (“old”); latter ancestor to veteran.
Cognate to Italian inveterato.
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