intoxication

noun
in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce intoxication (audio) \

Definition of intoxication

1 : an abnormal state that is essentially a poisoning carbon monoxide intoxication
2a : the condition of having physical or mental control markedly diminished by the effects of alcohol or drugs drank to the point of intoxication cocaine intoxication
b : a strong excitement or elation The mere knowledge that they are on an island, a little world entirely surrounded by the sea, fills them with an indescribable intoxication— Christine Osborne

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Synonyms for intoxication

Synonyms

drunkenness, inebriation, inebriety

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Examples of intoxication in a Sentence

there's a firm distinction between the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and overindulgence to the point of intoxication the intoxication felt by two people who have just fallen in love

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De Lesseps pled guilty to felony charges of battery, trespassing and disorderly intoxication after she was arrested on Christmas Eve in 2017. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "RHONY's Luann de Lesseps Reflects on Her Arrest: 'I Paid Very Dearly for One Very Big Mistake'," 12 July 2019 Howell was charged with battery against a public safety officer, resisting law enforcement, criminal trespass, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 2019 District Attorney John Creuzot's top assistant, Kevin Brooks, was one of Brent's attorneys in the intoxication manslaughter case. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Judge withdraws arrest warrant for former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent," 10 July 2019 The man with the warrant was arrested; the man on probation was taken to the hospital on account of extreme intoxication. oregonlive.com, "14-year-old crashes car into convenience store under dad’s watch: Forest Grove police log," 8 July 2019 Brent, a Cowboys scout for the last four years, was arrested last weekend for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "NFL offseason often a time for bad news," 6 July 2019 Nadal is drawn to order and ritual, Kyrgios to disorder and the intoxication of improvisation. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Fall for Nick Kyrgios’s Bag of Tricks," 4 July 2019 Maryland officials recently said intoxication deaths had fallen 15% in the first quarter this year from a year ago. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Overdose Deaths Likely to Fall for First Time Since 1990," 26 June 2019 The duo was working on Jackson's comeback tour when the music icon died suddenly of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville dancer remembers Michael Jackson in documentary 10 years after his death," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of intoxication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intoxication

noun
in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce intoxication (audio) \

Kids Definition of intoxication

1 : the condition of being drunk
2 : an unhealthy state that is or is like a poisoning carbon monoxide intoxication

intoxication

noun
in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce intoxication (audio) \

Medical Definition of intoxication

1 : an abnormal state that is essentially a poisoning hypokalemia potentiates digoxin intoxication— W. H. Abelmann et al no evidence of cocaine intoxication— Margaret M. McCarron et al acute carbon monoxide intoxication
2 : the condition of being drunk : inebriation

intoxication

noun
in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce intoxication (audio) \

Legal Definition of intoxication

1 : the state or condition of being intoxicated
2 : a defense based on inability to form the requisite specific intent to commit a crime due to intoxication

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