follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

inebriate

[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.
1.
to make drunk; intoxicate.
2.
to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
noun
3.
an intoxicated person.
4.
a habitual drunkard.
adjective
5.
Also, inebriated. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
4. See drunkard.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for inebriation
  • If you want inebriation without the moderating effect of the digestive system or absorption by food.
  • Loss of vision and even blindness can also occur after exposure to amounts of methanol causing inebriation.
  • Most of the guests at the party were consuming alcohol as well and were in various stages of inebriation.
British Dictionary definitions for inebriation

inebriate

verb (transitive) (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt)
1.
to make drunk; intoxicate
2.
to arouse emotionally; make excited
noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
3.
a person who is drunk, esp habitually
adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
4.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inebriation
inebriate
mid-15c., originally an adj., from L. inebriatus, pp. of inebriare "to make drunk," from in- "in" + ebriare "make drunk," from ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. The verb meaning "to intoxicate" is first recorded late 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
inebriation in Medicine

inebriation in·e·bri·a·tion (ĭn-ē'brē-ā'shən)
n.
The condition of being intoxicated, as with alcohol.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for inebriate

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inebriation

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with inebriation