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[suh-brahy-i-tee, soh-] /səˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ-/
the state or quality of being sober.
temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
seriousness, gravity, or solemnity:
an event marked by sobriety.
Origin of sobriety
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sobriety
  • BlackBerry has banned apps that track the locations of sobriety checkpoints so drivers can reroute around them.
  • Psychotherapy may also be called upon to help prevent sobriety from shattering a marriage that has survived years of alcoholism.
  • For all its thunder, the evangelical message encouraged sobriety and industry.
  • AA has been an important and necessary part of my sobriety.
  • No, but in sobriety they've found other modes of decadence.
  • He failed a sobriety test at the scene, the police said.
  • Welsh, who failed a sobriety test, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.
  • After a couple weeks of forced sobriety, the animals were returned to the cage.
  • Recovery from addiction requires a lot of work and the first few months are critical in establishing a foundation for sobriety.
  • He inured himself to the practice of self-denial, sobriety, and mortification from his tender years.
British Dictionary definitions for sobriety


the state or quality of being sober
the quality of refraining from excess
the quality of being serious or sedate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sobriety

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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