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 Because of her injuries, she was not asked to perform field sobriety tests following the accident, though blood was later drawn to test for intoxication. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2022 Anebulo Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday that a single dose of its experimental pill blunted the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, supporting further development of the medicine as a potential antidote for cannabis intoxication. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 8 July 2022 The city was squandering millions of public dollars and police officers’ time by jailing homeless Houstonians for intoxication. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Due to her level of intoxication and possible drug use, she was transported to a local hospital. cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 Due to his level of intoxication, he was taken to the MPD patrol vehicle via a stretcher. Madeleine Marr Miami Herald (tns), al, 29 July 2022 Officers stopped the car, smelled alcohol, and observed that its driver, a Shaker Heights man, 50, was showing signs of intoxication. cleveland, 29 July 2022 The 32-year-old North Olmsted man showed signs of intoxication and was field tested. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 16 July 2022 Authorities say the pilot was arrested on suspicion of intoxication. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intoxication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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


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


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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