intoxication

noun in·tox·i·ca·tion \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 23 May 2018
1 : an abnormal state that is essentially a poisoning
  • carbon monoxide intoxication
2 a : 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

Examples of intoxication in a Sentence

  1. there's a firm distinction between the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and overindulgence to the point of intoxication

  2. the intoxication felt by two people who have just fallen in love

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First Known Use of intoxication

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INTOXICATION Defined for Kids

intoxication

noun in·tox·i·ca·tion \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən \
1 : the condition of being drunk
2 : an unhealthy state that is or is like a poisoning
  • carbon monoxide intoxication

Medical Dictionary

intoxication

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

Law Dictionary

intoxication

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