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sobriety

[suh-brahy-i-tee, soh-] /səˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ-/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being sober.
2.
temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
3.
seriousness, gravity, or solemnity:
an event marked by sobriety.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English sobrietie (< Old French sobriete) < Latin sōbrietās, equivalent to sōbri(us) sober + -etās, variant of -itās -ity after vowel stems
Related forms
nonsobriety, noun
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sobriety

/səʊˈbraɪətɪ/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being sober
2.
the quality of refraining from excess
3.
the quality of being serious or sedate
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Word Origin and History for nonsobriety

sobriety

n.

c.1400, "moderation in indulgence," from Old French sobriete "sobriety, moderation" (Modern French sobrieté) or directly from Latin sobrietatem (nominative sobrietas), from sobrius (see sober (adj.)). Meaning "steadiness, gravity" is recorded from 1540s.

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