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sober

adjective

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1 not having one's mind affected by alcohol
  • it's important to stay sober if you're going to be driving a car

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5 given to or marked by restraint in the satisfaction of one's appetites
  • cruise passengers of sober dispositions will be put off by the focus on nonstop dining

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serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest mean not light or frivolous. serious implies a concern for what really matters. a serious play about social injustice grave implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude. read the proclamation in a grave voice solemn suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity. a sad and solemn occasion sedate implies a composed and decorous seriousness. remained sedate amid the commotion staid suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint. a quiet and staid community sober stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity. a sober look at the state of our schools earnest suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose. an earnest reformer

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The first known use of sober was in the 14th century

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“Sober.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sober. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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