Inveterate Definition

Firmly established over a long period; of long standing; deep-rooted.
Webster's New World
Settled in a habit, practice, prejudice, etc.; habitual.
Webster's New World
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."

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to Italian inveterato.

    From Wiktionary

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