[15] Latin ēbrius (a relative of sōbrius, from which English gets sober) meant ‘drunk’. From it was formed the verb ēbriāre ‘intoxicate’, which with the addition of the intensive prefix in- produced inēbriāre ‘make very drunk’ – whence English inebriate. => SOBER

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inebriated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inebriating}.] [L. inebriatus, p. p. of inebriare; pref. in in + ebriare to make drunk, fr. ebrius drunk. See {Ebriety}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make drunk; to intoxicate. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, a. [L. inebriatus, p. p.] Intoxicated; drunk; habitually given to drink; stupefied. [1913 Webster] Thus spake Peter, as a man inebriate and made drunken with the sweetness of this vision, not knowing what he said. Udall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, v. i. To become drunk. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, n. One who is drunk or intoxicated; esp., an habitual drunkard; as, an asylum for inebriates. [1913 Webster] Some inebriates have their paroxysms of inebriety. E. Darwin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inebriate — v. To make intoxicated or drunk. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • inebriate — (v.) late 15c., from L. inebriatus, pp. of inebriare to make drunk, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + ebriare make drunk, from ebrius drunk, of unknown origin. Related: INEBRIATED (Cf. Inebriated); inebriating. Also …   Etymology dictionary

  • inebriate — n *drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, sot, soak, toper, tosspot, tippler Antonyms: teetotaler …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inebriate — ► VERB ▪ make drunk; intoxicate. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ drunk; intoxicated. DERIVATIVES inebriation noun inebriety noun. ORIGIN Latin inebriare intoxicate …   English terms dictionary

  • inebriate — [in ē′brē āt΄; ] for adj. [ & ] n. [, in ē ′brēit, in ē′brēāt΄] vt. inebriated, inebriating [< L inebriatus, pp. of inebriare, to intoxicate < in , intens. + ebriare, to make drunk < ebrius, drunk] 1. to make drunk; intoxicate 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • inebriate — 1. noun A person who is intoxicated, especially one who is habitually drunk. As he walked along, the inebriate, whose gait was at first unsteady, recovered his equilibrium and required less help. Syn: drunkard 2. verb …   Wiktionary

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