in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən \

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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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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Crenshaw's arrest record includes previous offenses dating to 2008, for trespassing, disorderly intoxication, vandalism, and battery on police officers, firefights and city code inspectors. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A homeless South Beach artist has no arms. But he stabbed a tourist, police say," 11 July 2018 Regardless of a driver’s level of intoxication, having an open container in a vehicle is against Florida law. Fox News, "Drunk driver says he only drank when his car wasn't moving," 11 July 2018 His death was ruled a homicide caused by asphyxia by strangulation, complicated by heroin intoxication, the paper reported. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about convicted Indiana killer and possible cannibal Kelly Cochran," 21 June 2018 Alonso Luna was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, public intoxication, battery on a peace officer and providing false identification to a police officer, according to a statement from the university. Don Sweeney And Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "She grabbed a cop's hair and wouldn't let go. Out came the scissors, video shows," 20 June 2018 To reduce the risk of psychosis and severe marijuana intoxication, even Amsterdam limits marijuana sales to products with a potency of less than 15 percent. Timothy Naimi,, "Why marijuana policies in Massachusetts aren’t strict enough," 20 June 2018 There’s vandalism, public intoxication, and even a bathroom stall hookup or two. Dave Quinn,, "Whatever It Takes! Drake Stages Epic Degrassi: The Next Generation Reunion in 'I'm Upset' Video," 14 June 2018 An affidavit obtained by Denver's KDVR-TV describes the May 17 flight to Charleston, S.C., from which airport police removed passenger Michael Allen Haag citing intoxication, unruly behavior and indecent exposure. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Man urinated on seat mid-flight after touching female passenger without consent, FBI says," 22 May 2018 The goggles mimicked intoxication of varying degrees, from .06 to .20 levels, with .20 being twice the legal limit for alcohol consumption combined with driving. Manon L. Mirabelli, Courant Community, "Families Learn About Drug Of Choice," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of intoxication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of intoxication

1 : the condition of being drunk

2 : an unhealthy state that is or is like a poisoning carbon monoxide intoxication


in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən \

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


in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən \

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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