Definition of inveterate
1 : firmly established by long persistence the inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious
2 : confirmed in a habit : habitual an inveterate liar
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Examples of inveterate in a Sentence
his inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious
he has an inveterate tendency to tell some very tall tales
Recent Examples of inveterate from the Web
So how to make this old warhorse gallop like the thoroughbreds that vex the inveterate gamblers in the show’s opening number?
All scientists are inveterate tire kickers and testers of conventional wisdom.
The latest film from the veteran British director (and inveterate leftist) Ken Loach is a human, heartbreaking character study centered on a Newcastle carpenter (Dave Johns) in his 50s who’s recovering from a heart attack.
Celine by Peter Heller Though born in New York City, Peter Heller has turned himself into an inveterate adventurer, eco-pirate, and surfer whose life and work has been defined by the remote parts of the globe he's explored.
Booker is, to some, an inveterate opportunist whose reach exceeds his grasp.
An inveterate tinkerer O'Neill, who opened a second Surf Shop in Santa Cruz in 1959, introduced a nylon jersey lining in the 1960s and produced his first full wetsuit by 1970.
An inveterate dealmaker, name-dropper and chatter-upper, Norman isn’t above chasing down a hot financial prospect during the latter’s morning run.
Its members, not incidentally, distinguished themselves as inveterate gossips tasked with sustaining a pan-Arctic database of personal information that was relatively easy to access and update.
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The History of inveterate
Like veteran, inveterate ultimately comes from Latin vetus, which means "old," and which led to the Latin verb inveterare ("to age"). That verb in turn gave rise eventually to the adjective inveteratus, the direct source of our adjective inveterate (in use since the 14th century). In the past, inveterate has meant "long-standing" or simply "old." For example, one 16th-century writer warned of "Those great Flyes which in the springe time of the yeare creepe out of inveterate walls." Today, inveterate most often applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence that it is practically ineradicable or unalterable.
Synonym Discussion of inveterate
INVETERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inveterate for English Language Learners
: always or often doing something specified
: always or often happening or existing
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