|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 |
inveterate in·vet·er·ate (ĭn-vět'ər-ĭt)
Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.
Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual.