so·​bri·​ety | \ sə-ˈbrī-ə-tē How to pronounce sobriety (audio) , sō-\

Definition of sobriety

: the quality or state of being sober

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Examples of sobriety in a Sentence

They did a sobriety test on him. the sobriety of the situation

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Today's Al Roker shared an emotional message on Twitter wishing the host strength in her sobriety fight. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Al Roker Sends Words of Encouragement to Wendy Williams as She Recovers From Addiction," 20 Mar. 2019 Demi just recently celebrated six months of sobriety with cake and a sweet message. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Reportedly Went to a Treatment Facility—but Not Because of a Relapse," 6 Mar. 2019 To restore balance and sobriety to its foreign policy, Saudi Arabia needs to calm down, and only the U.S. can provide the assurances to make that possible. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Don’t Ditch Riyadh in a Fit of Righteousness," 15 Oct. 2018 Fischer never administered field-sobriety or breathalyzer tests, according to the claim, and was flirtatious during the encounter. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Legal claim says deputy groped San Diego State student in 2012 and detectives pressured her not to file complaint," 16 June 2018 Fischer never administered field-sobriety or breathalyzer tests, according to the claim, and was flirtatious during the encounter. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Latest claim against deputy alleges groping of SDSU student was investigated in 2012, then nothing happened," 15 June 2018 Shepard will use his decade of sobriety, degree in anthropology and years of improv training to become an armchair expert about the human condition. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dax Shepard Launches Podcast 'Armchair Expert'," 14 Feb. 2018 Another route to sobriety could be a three-day stay at a detox facility, which costs $985, followed by inpatient treatment ($3,640 for 14 days); then outpatient treatment ($3,674 for a year). Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "What would it cost to house and provide treatment for Seattle’s homeless?," 17 Sep. 2018 Shepard's journey to sobriety has not been an easy one. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kristen Bell Says She's 'in Awe' of Dax Shepard After He Hits 14 Years of Sobriety," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sobriety

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sobriety

Middle English sobrete, from Anglo-French sobreté, from Latin sobrietat-, sobrietas, from sobrius

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English Language Learners Definition of sobriety

: the state of not being drunk
formal : the quality of being serious

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