intoxication

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

Definition of intoxication

1a : 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
2 : an abnormal state that is essentially a poisoning carbon monoxide intoxication

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Officer Schwausch observed the suspect to show multiple signs of intoxication at the time of the traffic stop in the 6000 block of IH 610 West Service Road. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 13 July 2020 After a bit of investigation, the man was charged with burglary, public intoxication and criminal damage. cleveland, "Wild cats prevent resident from leaving home: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 10 July 2020 Investigators are working to determine if intoxication was a factor. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Young father killed when pickup cuts in front of motorcycle in Baytown," 2 July 2020 Due to his level of intoxication, a squad transported him to the hospital for evaluation. cleveland, "Motorist admits to consuming at least 13 drinks: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 3 July 2020 Boston selected Bias with the No. 2 pick in the 1986 draft and not even two full days later, Bias was dead from cocaine intoxication, collapsing in a Maryland dorm room while partying with friends. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The Len Bias story remains one of the saddest 'what-ifs' in sports history," 26 June 2020 Aldamion Riles, 26, was booked into the Garland jail on charges of intoxication manslaughter and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man faces charges after chain-reaction crash in Garland that killed pedestrian," 22 June 2020 Methamphetamine intoxication and heart disease were listed as contributing factors in the report. Fox News, "Washington State Patrol to take over investigation of Manuel Ellis’ death in police custody, Inslee says," 18 June 2020 The autopsy also noted methamphetamine intoxication and heart disease as contributing factors to Ellis’ death. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Manuel Ellis: Black Man Died From Lack Of Oxygen, Being Restrained While In Police Custody," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of intoxication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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31 Jul 2020

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“Intoxication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intoxication. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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