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alcoholic

[al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik] /ˌæl kəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of alcohol.
2.
containing or using alcohol.
3.
caused by alcohol.
4.
suffering from alcoholism.
5.
preserved in alcohol.
noun
6.
Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
7.
a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; alcohol + -ic
Related forms
alcoholically, adverb
prealcoholic, adjective
semialcoholic, adjective
Synonyms
6. See drunkard.
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Examples from the web for alcoholic
  • Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast.
  • Dryness is a property of alcoholic beverages that describes the lack of a sweet taste.
  • Offering tea rather than alcoholic drinks to visitors is the cultural norm in india.
  • A sonic screwdriver is also a name of alcoholic drink made from vodka and blue gatorade.
  • Both people and elephants like an alcoholic beverage made from acacia fruit.
  • Their mutual friendship lasts for several years, until the narrator becomes an alcoholic.
  • Brewing is the production of alcoholic beverage and alcohol fuel through fermentation.
  • alcoholic cirrhosis caused by alcohol abuse is treated by abstaining from alcohol.
  • Some cocoa producing countries distill alcoholic spirits using the liquefied pulp.
  • Liqueur is often used as a synonym for an alcoholic cordial.
British Dictionary definitions for alcoholic

alcoholic

/ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk/
noun
1.
a person affected by alcoholism
adjective
2.
of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol
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Word Origin and History for alcoholic
adj.

1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of "alcoholic liquor;" 1960 in the sense of "a drunkard."

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alcoholic in Medicine

alcoholic al·co·hol·ic (āl'kə-hô'lĭk)
adj.

  1. Related to or resulting from alcohol.

  2. Containing or preserved in alcohol.

  3. Suffering from alcoholism.

n.
A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.
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