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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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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Other officers noticed that Thomas Henry Higgs, 59, was showing signs of intoxication during a May 7 police briefing and notified their command staff, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Former Cal State Fullerton officer charged with DUI on duty," 6 July 2018 There’s also concern about methadone and Suboxone being misused by prisoners, since they are sometimes smuggled in for purposes of intoxication or self-treatment of withdrawal. Brian Barnett, STAT, "Jails and prisons: the unmanned front in the battle against the opioid epidemic," 2 July 2018 Raul Martinez faces a charge of intoxication assault causing bodily injury in the incident. Mike Parker, ajc, "Police chief visits girl who offered allowance to grieving officers," 8 May 2018 She was charged with intoxication assault with a vehicle. Dan Gartland,, "Girlfriend of Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin Accuses Him of Choking Her Unconscious Twice," 27 Mar. 2018 He was arrested and charged with two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury. CBS News, "Car passenger dies while stopping along Texas highway to urinate," 13 Jan. 2018 Alcohol Robert Baldwin, 68, of the 600 block of George Street, Bensenville, was charged with disorderly conduct-public intoxication at 1:11 p.m. June 24 in the 400 block of North York Street. Graydon Megan,, "Police: Woman facing charges after police respond to child playing in the street, and finding her asleep inside," 29 June 2018 Vaughn was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest, while his passenger was also arrested and charged with public intoxication. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vince Vaughn Arrested for DUI, Resisting Arrest," 10 June 2018 The passenger, who was not identified, was arrested on obstruction and public intoxication charges. Fox News, "Vince Vaughn arrested in California on DUI, resisting arrest charges," 10 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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