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Examples of intoxicate in a Sentence
The little bit of beer I drank was not enough to intoxicate me.
the stunning spectacle of this Las Vegas show is sure to intoxicate spectators
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In addition to offering a monthly shipment of a new designer fragrance, the company now sells cruelty-free hand creams as well, in intoxicating scents like Rose & Prosecco and Earl Grey & Blackberry.
Standing on the glacier was literally and figuratively intoxicating.
On Wednesday around midnight, bouncers at Flo’ turned away an American girl for being visibly intoxicated.
Drunken driving, May Street: On Oct. 21, police responded to an accident and determined the driver was intoxicated.
These romantic bulls adore plush fabrics, atmospheric candles, and intoxicating aromas.
Since he was intoxicated with prescription drugs and marijuana, according to court records, he will also be required to undergo regular drug tests.
Tuberose, an intoxicating white flower that had its heyday in the 1940s in Robert Piguet’s Fracas, is back in a big way.
Between the endless aisles of glassy displays and intoxicating wafts of perfume, trying to navigate department store beauty sections can seem more like an Odyssean adventure than a pit-stop on a Saturday afternoon.
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For those who think that alcohol and drugs qualify as poisons, the history of intoxicate offers some etymological evidence to bolster your argument. Intoxicate traces back to toxicum, the Latin word for "poison" - and the earliest meaning of intoxicate was just that: "to poison." This sense is now extremely rare, and we currently talk about such harmless things as flowers and perfume having the power to intoxicate. Toxicum turns up in the etymologies of a number of other English words including toxic ("poisonous"), intoxicant ("something that intoxicates") and detoxify ("to remove a poison from"), as well as a number of the names for various poisons themselves.
Synonymscharge, electrify, excite, exhilarate, galvanize, thrill, pump up, titillate, turn on
Related Wordsarouse, incite, inspire, provoke, stimulate; bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enthrall (or enthral), hypnotize, mesmerize, rivet, spellbind; interest, intrigue, tantalize
Near Antonymsbore, jade, pall, tire, weary; deject, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
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- Intoxicated as he was with the heavens, he couldn't imagine needing anything on earth.
- —Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
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