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[v. in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; n., adj. in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-] /v. ɪnˈi briˌeɪt, ɪˈni-; n., adj. ɪnˈi bri ɪt, ɪˈni-/
verb (used with object), inebriated, inebriating.
to make drunk; intoxicate.
to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
an intoxicated person.
a habitual drunkard.
Also, inebriated. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of inebriate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inēbriātus past participle of inēbriāre to make drunk, equivalent to in- in-2 + ēbri(us) drunk + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
inebriation, noun
uninebriated, adjective
uninebriating, adjective
4. See drunkard. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inebriates
  • Some of it rings true, but it seems as though the inebriates were handpicked cases.
  • Intervention may also include case management care for chronic public inebriates that focuses on harm reduction.
  • Dances and socials, though sometimes marred by brawling inebriates, enlivened the long winter nights.
  • For chronic street inebriates, the sugar kills hunger.
  • Chronic inebriates, it says, often use emergency services because they lack other resources or access to primary care.
  • Intervention may also include case management for chronic public inebriates focused on harm reduction.
  • Intervention may also include case management for chronic public inebriates that focuses on harm reduction.
  • To divert public inebriates from arrest and detention in jails or lock-ups.
  • Outreach will target veterans and chronic inebriates, and priority will be given to these two populations.
  • Chronic inebriates and returning veterans will be priority populations.
British Dictionary definitions for inebriates


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt)
to make drunk; intoxicate
to arouse emotionally; make excited
noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
a person who is drunk, esp habitually
adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
drunk, esp habitually
Derived Forms
inebriation, noun
inebriety (ˌɪnɪˈbraɪɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in-² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
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Word Origin and History for inebriates



late 15c., from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare "to make drunk," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ebriare "make drunk," from ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Related: Inebriated; inebriating. Also inebriacy; inebriant (n. and adj.); inebriety; and inebrious.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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