intoxicant

noun

in·​tox·​i·​cant in-ˈtäk-si-kənt How to pronounce intoxicant (audio)
: something that intoxicates
especially : an alcoholic drink
intoxicant adjective

Examples of intoxicant in a Sentence

The use of intoxicants and stimulants is prohibited. He was driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Recent Examples on the Web If you are stopped by law enforcement for driving under the influence of intoxicants, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has the authority to revoke or suspend your driving privilege. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 21 May 2024 Americans now have access to a recreational intoxicant that is arguably no more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco without fear of the disproportionately severe punishments previously meted out to those apprehended for possession and use. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, TIME, 3 May 2024 Some studies show that the level of THC, the main intoxicant in marijuana, being sold to consumers today is significantly higher than what was available decades ago, and high THC levels are known to pose more health risks. Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, 3 May 2024 She was then taken to the hospital — not for treatment, but to get a blood draw to test for intoxicants. Mike Baker, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 His note-perfect friendliness is a reminder that beyond war and boredom, anxiety and sorrow—whatever might drive you to drink or self-harm—are human voices, our true intoxicants, harder to access but easier to hold on to for good, always waiting to step in and soothe. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 State criminal charges against him include resisting and obstructing a police officer, reckless driving, and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, said Lt. Rene Gonzalez, spokesman for the Michigan State Police First District, which includes the Lansing area. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 29 Jan. 2024 The stigma of shopping at the dispensaries that dot the streets has largely gone up in smoke, as cannabis takes its place alongside other legal intoxicants. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Jan. 2024 Open intoxicants were found in the vehicle, according to the complaint. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intoxicant was in 1757

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“Intoxicant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intoxicant. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

intoxicant

noun
in·​tox·​i·​cant in-ˈtäk-si-kənt How to pronounce intoxicant (audio)
: something that intoxicates
especially : an alcoholic drink
intoxicant adjective

Medical Definition

intoxicant

noun
in·​tox·​i·​cant in-ˈtäk-si-kənt How to pronounce intoxicant (audio)
: something that intoxicates
especially : an alcoholic drink

called also inebriant

intoxicant adjective

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