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First Known Use of intoxicate
Definition of intoxicate
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
Recent Examples of intoxicate from the Web
So the nexus of power was really intoxicating for a young reporter.
The aroma was intoxicating — braids of dough formed into challah bread and shortbread cookies with cutouts in the shapes of stars and dreidels baking in several ovens.
Harless said the ex-girlfriend thought Goble was intoxicated, and tried to get out of the car.
There was no indication of drugs or alcohol involved on the part of the driver of the Highlander, but Adams was intoxicated, Sgt.
When it was found they were intoxicated, the driver was arrested.
McClure's fiance returned to the house intoxicated around 1 a.m. and began arguing with her and her grandchildren.
Rescue workers revived the South Euclid man, 32, who was found to be intoxicated and in possession of marijuana.
Robinson writes like a jazz musician intoxicated by improvised beauty.
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Did You Know?
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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