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 One death was ruled fentanyl intoxication; the other three are pending OCME review. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 8 June 2021 According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, deaths in local jails across the U.S. due to drug or alcohol intoxication soared to 178 in 2018 from 37 in 2000, a rise Fiscella suspects is driven by the national opioid epidemic. Alene Tchekmedyian Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Martinez, 19, of Bellevue, Washington, died of acute alcohol intoxication on Nov. 12, 2019 after attending a fraternity event. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Samuel Martinez, a 19-year-old freshman from Bellevue, Washington, died of acute alcohol intoxication on Nov. 12, 2019, after attending a fraternity event, officials said. NBC News, 3 June 2021 Martinez died of acute alcohol intoxication on Nov. 12, 2019 after attending a fraternity event. CBS News, 3 June 2021 Martinez died of acute alcohol intoxication on Nov. 12, 2019, after attending a fraternity event. Fox News, 3 June 2021 The medical examiner determined that his death was caused by factors that included oxygen deprivation and PCP drug intoxication. New York Times, 22 May 2021 The medical examiner determined that his death was caused by factors that included oxygen deprivation and PCP drug intoxication. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of intoxication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of intoxication was in the 15th century

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14 Jun 2021

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“Intoxication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intoxication. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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