inveteracy

inveteracy

[in-vet-er-uh-see]
noun
the quality or state of being inveterate or deeply ingrained: the inveteracy of people's prejudices.

Origin:
1710–20; inveter(ate) + -acy

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inveterate (ɪnˈvɛtərɪt)
 
adj
1.  long established, esp so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained: an inveterate feeling of hostility
2.  (prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, esp a bad one; hardened: an inveterate smoker
3.  obsolete full of hatred; hostile
 
[C16: from Latin inveterātus of long standing, from inveterāre to make old, from in-² + vetus old]
 
in'veteracy
 
n
 
in'veterateness
 
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in'veterately
 
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