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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Synonyms for intoxication


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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But there are still some eerie similarities, like the environment of the party, the ages of those involved, intoxication, and the victim not reporting the incident to local authorities. Veronica Walsingham, Teen Vogue, "Brett Kavanaugh, Chuck Bass, and How "Gossip Girl" Portrayed Sexual Violence Within the World of Prep School Privilege," 5 Oct. 2018 Matt Schmitz was arrested this past weekend by Dayton, Ky. police for alcohol intoxication in a public place, court records show. Michael Baldwin,, "After getting a second chance, Newport football coach Matt Schmitz resigns after weekend arrest," 4 June 2018 When Brammer died in 1978, in Austin, at 48, the official cause of death was acute methamphetamine intoxication, but that seems to have been his escape from midlife oblivion. Jeffrey Frank, WSJ, "‘Leaving the Gay Place’ and ‘The Gay Place’ Review: The Texas Way," 28 Dec. 2018 The amount was attributed to a jury’s determination that the man’s intoxication played a role in his death. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The Botham Jean shooting exposes a major problem with discussions of police and black victims," 18 Sep. 2018 Williams didn’t have a touchdown for the first time in his five seasons, and became an off-field concern with an arrest in a public intoxication case. Washington Post, "Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant," 20 June 2018 And after the crash that killed a 64-year-old man, Christopher J. Anderson refused to take an intoxication test, online court records show. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver arrested in fatal Milwaukee crash had 8-day-old baby in car, three prior OWIs and open hit-and-run case," 20 June 2018 However, a brief psychosis may linger hours to days after intoxication has passed. Dr. Stephen Mcleod-bryant, miamiherald, "Psychosis often the effect of long-term, recreational marijuana use," 15 June 2018 Authorities said more people are dying each year in San Diego County from accidental overdose or substance abuse intoxication of opioids, part of a national epidemic. City News Service,, "Drug dealer sentenced to prison in Poway man's overdose death," 1 June 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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