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[in-tok-si-key-shuh n] /ɪnˌtɒk sɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
inebriation; drunkenness.
an act or instance of intoxicating.
overpowering exhilaration or excitement of the mind or emotions.
Pathology, poisoning.
Origin of intoxication
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātiōn- (stem of intoxicātiō) a poisoning. See intoxicate, -ion
Related forms
self-intoxication, noun
semi-intoxication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intoxication
  • Gene searches move from alcoholism to intoxication.
  • He died of heart failure brought on by water intoxication.
  • They then took him to the hospital, which treated him for intoxication.
  • Her professional career began to suffer as a result of her public intoxication as well as her failure to show up to performances.
  • But as with humans, the intoxication of these birds is not really a laughing matter.
  • No, it wasn't to debate whether readers are more interested in irony or intoxication.
  • The initial sense of odd intoxication had turned into acute discomfort.
  • But the police made four arrests for public intoxication.
  • And he works up such sheer intoxication that you wait for him to swoon.
  • Their eyes glaze, their breathing becomes heavy, and out of their mouths come symptoms of political intoxication.
British Dictionary definitions for intoxication


drunkenness; inebriation
great elation
the act of intoxicating
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Word Origin and History for intoxication

c.1400, intoxigacion "poisoning," from Medieval Latin intoxicationem (nominative intoxicatio) "poisoning," noun of action from past participle stem of intoxicare (see intoxicate). Meaning "drunkenness" is from 1640s.

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intoxication in Medicine

intoxication in·tox·i·ca·tion (ĭn-tŏk'sĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The pathological state produced by a drug, serum, alcohol, or any toxic substance; poisoning.

  2. Acute alcoholism.

  3. A state of mental excitement or emotional frenzy.

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