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
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.
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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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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