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intoxicated

[in-tok-si-key-tid] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
affected by a substance that intoxicates; drunk; inebriated.
2.
mentally or emotionally exhilarated.
Origin of intoxicated
1550-1560
1550-60; intoxicate + -ed2
Related forms
intoxicatedly, adverb
half-intoxicated, adjective
semi-intoxicated, adjective
unintoxicated, adjective
Synonyms
2. rapt, enthralled.

intoxicate

[verb in-tok-si-keyt; adjective in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt] /verb ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪt; adjective ɪnˈtɒk sə kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), intoxicated, intoxicating.
1.
to affect temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic liquor, a drug, or another substance, especially to excite or stupefy with liquor.
2.
to make enthusiastic; elate strongly, as by intoxicants; exhilarate:
The prospect of success intoxicated him.
3.
Pathology. to poison.
verb (used without object), intoxicated, intoxicating.
4.
to cause or produce intoxication:
having the power to intoxicate.
adjective
5.
Archaic. intoxicated.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicāre to poison. See in-2, toxic, -ate1
Related forms
intoxicable
[in-tok-si-kuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
intoxicator, noun
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  • If an intoxicated or unruly person appears on the cars, the conductress does not attempt personally to eject him.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • The scent of the water, at once enticing and bitter, intoxicated him.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • She thought of the disgust she would have felt if she had ever seen Mr. Haveloc intoxicated.

  • I gave it, in my intoxicated fancy, the attributes of a living being.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • No one asked in what direction he was borne, for all were enchanted, intoxicated, with the roulades of the Rossini school.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
British Dictionary definitions for intoxicated

intoxicate

/ɪnˈtɒksɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(of an alcoholic drink) to produce in (a person) a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; make drunk; inebriate
2.
to stimulate, excite, or elate so as to overwhelm
3.
(of a drug) to poison
Derived Forms
intoxicable, adjective
intoxicative, adjective
intoxicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from intoxicāre to poison, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic
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Word Origin and History for intoxicated
adj.

1550s, "poisoned;" 1570s, "drunk," past participle adjective from intoxicate (v.).

intoxicate

v.

"to poison," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare "to poison," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + toxicare "to poison," from toxicum "poison" (see toxic). Meaning "make drunk" first recorded 1570s. Related: Intoxicated; intoxicating.

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intoxicated in Medicine

intoxicate in·tox·i·cate (ĭn-tŏk'sĭ-kāt')
v. in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing, in·tox·i·cates
To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.

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