in·​tox·​i·​ca·​tion | \ in-ˌtäk-sə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce intoxication (audio) \

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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Mild intoxication is on one end, and alcohol poisoning is on the opposite end. Maggie O'neill,, "The Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning You Need to Know," 9 Aug. 2019 After Troubling Photo Goes Viral Criminal public intoxication is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 180 days, the prosecutor’s office explained. Helen Murphy,, "United Flight Attendant Fired After Being Charged with Criminal Public Intoxication on Plane," 9 Aug. 2019 Police in Scotland say the 61-year-old and 45-year-old pilots were held as part of a transportation safety law that covers on-the-job intoxication or impairment of aviation employees. Ricky Pinela,, "United Airlines pilots arrested for being too drunk to fly: report," 5 Aug. 2019 The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington said Friday that her death was an accident and was caused by intoxication from diphenhydramine, ethanol, phentermine, temazepam and zolpidem. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Missy Shorey, first woman elected to lead Dallas County GOP, died from accidental mix of alcohol, sleeping aids," 2 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, 66 people were arrested for attempting to enter the festival without a ticket, nine were arrested for public intoxication and five were arrested for being a public nuisance. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Belgian Officials Release Arrest Report For Tomorrowland 2019," 1 Aug. 2019 Police charged a Rio Hondo man, 30, with assault and public intoxication after a disturbance July 28 in the parking lot of Friends Pub, 2407 W. Parkwood Ave. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Forgotten iPhone leads to arrest of woman with counterfeit money, Friendswood police say," 1 Aug. 2019 In 2016, Buchanan was reprimanded for filing a false report in relation to a public intoxication arrest in April of that year. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Birmingham police officer staged shooting, faked distress call, officials say," 1 Aug. 2019 The night of the assault, the woman checked herself into St. Anthony North Health for treatment for severe alcohol intoxication and alcoholism. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "FBI investigating former Westminster police officer convicted of sexually assaulting woman," 15 July 2019

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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 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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