Inveterate meaning

ĭn-vĕtər-ĭt
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.

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Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.

Inveterate preferences.

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Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual.

An inveterate liar.

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Firmly established over a long period; of long standing; deep-rooted.
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Settled in a habit, practice, prejudice, etc.; habitual.
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Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.
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(of a person) Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
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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. "

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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."

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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