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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Synonyms & Antonyms for inebriated


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]


sober, straight

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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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The show, produced by ITV Studios, followed a gaudy tour of British revellers visiting the Spanish party island: an inebriated football team celebrating a win, a Scottish man showing off his condom supply. Lou Stoppard, The New Yorker, "The Glorious Depravity of the British “Love Island”," 10 Aug. 2019 The victim, also 16, was inebriated during the incident, which allegedly occurred in a darkened area of the basement. Chris Harris,, "NJ Judge Says Teenager Accused of Rape Deserves Leniency Because He's From a 'Good Family'," 3 July 2019 But there’s a delightful weirdness to Mercury, as if the scientists naming its features were enjoying a mildly inebriated party game. Kim Stanley Robinson, National Geographic, "Dear MESSENGER: How unmasking Mercury brought art to life," 22 Mar. 2019 The third movement stomped ahead invoking dancing peasants, some of them inebriated. Ken Jacques, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Tao wows and Francis dances in Mainly Mozart final concert," 23 June 2019 The prospect of having more inebriated drivers on the road concerns Frank Harris, director of state government affairs for M.A.D.D., or Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jared Weber, USA TODAY, "Last call at 4? California could extend bar hours in LA, San Francisco and other cities," 20 June 2019 Four of these victims are killed in a car wreck caused by Joan Conville, an inebriated young Navy nurse en route to her first... Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘This Storm’ Review: L.A. Noir, 1942," 31 May 2019 Jones struggled with drinking and substance abuse and even showed up to award shows obviously inebriated. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018 These newbies also might not get prepped for how to deal with dangerous situations at crowded venues, at night, or inebriated. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of inebriated

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inebriated

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English Language Learners Definition of inebriated

formal : affected by drinking too much alcohol

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