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Sunday, January 30, 2000

Definitions for inveterate

  1. Firmly established by long persistence; deep-rooted; of long standing.
  2. Fixed in habit by long persistence; confirmed; habitual.

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Citations for inveterate
In Montpelier, where this prison stands, the inveterate prejudice against prisoners has been swept away. Morrison I. Swift, The Atlantic
He is an inveterate nibbler, popping nuts and chocolate into his mouth as he talks, leaning forward in his chair to forage in the tins with his right hand. Michael Ignatieff, Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Origin of inveterate
late Middle English
Inveterate is from the past participle of Latin inveterari, "to grow old, to endure," from in- + vetus, veter-, "old." It is related to veteran, "one who is long experienced in some activity or capacity; an old soldier of long service; one who has served in the armed forces." The noun form is inveteracy or inveterateness.