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 The driver, a Cleveland woman, 29, showed signs of intoxication. cleveland, "Broken headlight leads to arrest of three men on felony weapons and narcotics charges: Shaker Heights police blotter," 30 Apr. 2021 The Lucas County Coroner ruled his death an accident as the result of a fatal level of alcohol intoxication during a hazing incident. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, "Students indicted on manslaughter and hazing charges after death of Bowling Green sophomore," 29 Apr. 2021 Perry came outside with blood on him and was showing signs of intoxication, according to the complaint. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man shot and killed his neighbor after they argued about noise complaints, charges say," 8 Apr. 2021 Extreme levels of intoxication were involved that night, prosecutors argued, and a forensic toxicologist testified that both men had blood alcohol concentration levels about four times the legal limit to drive, the affiliate reported. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A former Oklahoma officer has been found guilty of murdering his police chief during a conference in Florida," 1 Apr. 2021 Similarly, while all cannabis products are derived from the same plant family, not all products will result in feelings of intoxication. Harrison Wise, Rolling Stone, "How to Educate Cannabis Consumers Through Marketing," 10 Mar. 2021 The 33-year-old woman showed signs of intoxication and was arrested for drunken driving. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, March 7," 6 Mar. 2021 Unlike breathalyzers used by police to measure alcohol intoxication, authorities lack a universal standard to measure drivers’ impairment from marijuana. Rich Calder, WSJ, "The Hamptons Take Wait-and-See Approach on Marijuana," 20 Apr. 2021 The player was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, intoxication and two counts of criminal trespassing. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State football player arrested for alleged sexual assault," 18 Apr. 2021

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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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