in·​tox·​i·​cant | \in-ˈtäk-si-kənt \

Definition of intoxicant 

: something that intoxicates especially : an alcoholic drink

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Other Words from intoxicant

intoxicant adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for intoxicant


alcohol, drink, inebriant, liquor, moonshine, spirits



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Examples of intoxicant in a Sentence

The use of intoxicants and stimulants is prohibited. He was driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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The front seat passenger, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man, was cited for possession of open intoxicants after the officer found an open bottle of Smirnoff Ice next to his left leg, according to police. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom was allegedly high while driving three children in Fox Point," 30 May 2018 Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Michael Gerard Stack, 59, with two counts of reckless driving causing death and one count of an open intoxicant in his vehicle. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan councilman charged in fatal I-275 wrong-way crash," 17 Apr. 2018 Once Tatmanwas pulled over the officer noticed a strong odor of intoxicants from his breath, according to a criminal complaint. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield man charged with seventh OWI had nearly fatal blood alcohol content," 28 June 2018 Harder was issued four citations — one for open intoxicants, a second for operating a vehicle after suspension, third for lane deviation, and the fourth for resisting an officer. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man with knife drives on sidewalk and grass in Cudahy because he thought it was a road," 9 May 2018 Since nutmeg is viewed as an intoxicant and therefore haram, or forbidden, allspice may be substituted for this mix. Claire Perez,, "What is baharat Arabic spice blend?," 29 June 2018 Internet Gaming Disorder’s inclusion in the DSM drew concern from gamers, who objected to the implication that their hobby was an intoxicant and therefore an intrinsic danger. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 She was later cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and released without being booked in jail. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh,, "Dancing DUII suspect lands in hospital instead of drunk tank, police say," 6 June 2018 The market value for similar cars runs from roughly $75,000 to $125,000 John Randal McCauley was later released from a hospital and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), police said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "'New' Ferrari wrecked in DUI crash, police say," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of intoxicant

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intoxicant was in 1863

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English Language Learners Definition of intoxicant

: something (such as an acoholic drink) that causes people to become excited or confused and less able to control what they say or do : an intoxicating substance


in·​tox·​i·​cant | \in-ˈtäk-si-kənt \

Medical Definition of intoxicant 

: something that intoxicates especially : an alcoholic drink

called also inebriant

Other Words from intoxicant

intoxicant adjective

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