con·​firmed kən-ˈfərmd How to pronounce confirmed (audio)
: marked by long continuance and likely to persist
a confirmed habit
: fixed in habit and unlikely to change
a confirmed do-gooder
: having received the rite of confirmation
confirmedly adverb
kən-ˈfər-məd-nəs How to pronounce confirmed (audio)
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inveterate, confirmed, chronic mean firmly established.

inveterate applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence as to be practically ineradicable or unalterable.

an inveterate smoker

confirmed implies a growing stronger and firmer with time so as to resist change or reform.

a confirmed bachelor

chronic suggests something that is persistent or endlessly recurrent and troublesome.

a chronic complainer

Examples of confirmed in a Sentence

a confirmed grouch who never seems to smile a confirmed tendency to exaggerate about everything
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of confirmed was in the 14th century

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“Confirmed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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con·​firmed kən-ˈfərmd How to pronounce confirmed (audio)
: deeply established
a confirmed habit
: unlikely to change : habitual, chronic
a confirmed optimist

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