inveterate

[in-vet-er-it]
adjective
1.
settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
2.
firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin inveterātus (past participle of inveterāre to grow old, allow to grow old, preserve), equivalent to in- in-2 + veter- (stem of vetus) old + -ātus -ate1; cf. veteran

inveterately, adverb
inveterateness, noun


1. hardened, constant, habitual. 2. set, fixed, rooted.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To inveterately
Collins
World English Dictionary
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
 
n
 
in'veterately
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

inveterate
1528, from L. inveteratus "of long standing, chronic," pp. of inveterare "become old in," from in- "in, into" + veterare "to make old," from vetus (gen. veteris) "old" (see veteran).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

inveterate in·vet·er·ate (ĭn-vět'ər-ĭt)
adj.

  1. Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.

  2. Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual.


in·vet'er·a·cy (-ər-ə-sē) or in·vet'er·ate·ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature