in·​ebri·​at·​ed | \ i-ˈnē-brē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce inebriated (audio) \

Definition of inebriated

: exhilarated or confused by or as if by alcohol : intoxicated

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Examples of inebriated in a Sentence

Three cowboys, complete with hats and six-shooters, were downing beer and blasting away at empty cans and an old television set.  … Their voices—and their aim—made it clear they were totally inebriated. — Warren Faidley, Storm Chaser, 1996 The creamery manager, it seems, staggered to his car, but was too inebriated to even start the engine … — Edna O'Brien, New Yorker, 23 Jan. 1989 Monty Python's Terry Jones—a medieval scholar as well as an accomplished lunatic—springs from the tradition of Andersen and the brothers Grimm like a slightly inebriated chameleon, adding new color and his own whacky humor to the classic style and form of the fairy tale. — Carol Van Strum, New York Times Book Review, 16 Jan. l983 He was clearly inebriated when he left the bar. after a night spent partying, the fraternity brothers were all severely inebriated
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Recent Examples on the Web Speaking to Blake Griffin on the NBA star's Audible podcast The Pursuit of Healthiness, Shepard recalled an inebriated 2004 interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Tyler Aquilina,, 20 May 2021 Earning five Academy Award nominations, the movie follows Cassandra (Carey Mulligan), a medical school dropout who avenges her best friend’s rape by tracking down men that take advantage of inebriated women. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, 25 Apr. 2021 Cuomo defended the food-with-drinks rule by citing his concerns about inebriated people mingling at bars without social distancing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2021 At this point, Nick also rekindles the affections of his co-worker Mike (Ben Falcone) after a litany of inebriated (and odd) kind words, much to Mike’s chagrin. Ariana Romero,, 12 Feb. 2021 Back on dry land, their yarns starred pimps, prostitutes and inebriated seamen losing their wages at the bar and in back-alley dice games. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2021 There, the only other black person in the room was an inebriated man, said Monique, who did not want the Globe to print her last name., 12 Dec. 2017 The film’s premise arose from a simple question: If a woman in real life wanted to take revenge on men who prey on inebriated women, what would that look like? Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2020 Some inebriated bar hoppers have spit on her image specifically, feeling betrayed by her venture from country. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inebriated

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inebriated

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The first known use of inebriated was in 1609

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1 Jun 2021

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“Inebriated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inebriated

formal : affected by drinking too much alcohol

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