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inveterate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of inveterate

  1. 1 firmly established over time he has an inveterate tendency to tell some very tall tales Synonyms of inveterate bred-in-the-bone, confirmed, deep, deep-rooted, deep-seated, entrenched (also intrenched), hard-core, rooted, settled Words Related to inveterate firm, fixed, frozen, hard, hard-and-fast, immutable, irradicable, set, unalterable, unchangeable; embedded (also imbedded), implanted, inculcated, instilled; inborn, inbred, ingrained (also engrained), inherent, innate, integral, intrinsic, natural; accustomed, chronic, customary, habitual, regular, typical, usual; abiding, enduring, lifelong, persistent, persisting Near Antonyms of inveterate brief, ephemeral, fleeting, impermanent, interim, momentary, provisional, short-lived, short-term, temporary, transient

  2. 2 being such by habit and not likely to change the man is an inveterate liar who only rarely tells the truth Synonyms of inveterate bred-in-the-bone, chronic, confirmed, dyed-in-the-wool, habitualWords Related to inveterate incorrigible, unreconstructed, unregenerate; born, natural; persistent, regular, repeat, serial, steady, unchanging, unfailing; addicted; accustomed, habituated, used, wonted; deep-rooted, deep-seated, entrenched (also intrenched), inbred, inherent, innate, intrinsic; apt, inclined, prone; mulish, obstinate, set, stubbornNear Antonyms of inveterate unaccustomed, unused; intermittent, occasional

Synonym Discussion of inveterate

inveterate, confirmed, chronic mean firmly established. inveterate applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence as to be practically ineradicable or unalterable.
    • an inveterate smoker
confirmed implies a growing stronger and firmer with time so as to resist change or reform.
    • a confirmed bachelor
chronic suggests something that is persistent or endlessly recurrent and troublesome.
    • a chronic complainer

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