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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
  • These primitive statesmen, therefore—Bradstreet, Endicott, Dudley, Bellingham, and their compeers—who were elevated to power by the early choice of the people, seem to have been not often brilliant, but distinguished by a ponderous sobriety, rather than activity of intellect.

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  • She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
  • I’m worried about her. I seldom see her sober and without a hangover.

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  • His fame, though still on its upward slope, already overshadowed the soberer reputations of his fellow-clergymen, eminent as several of them were.
  • Were it not, thinkest thou, for thy little one’s temporal and eternal welfare that she be taken out of thy charge, and clad soberly, and disciplined strictly, and instructed in the truths of heaven and earth?

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  • A large number—and many of these were persons of such sober sense and practical observation that their opinions would have been valuable in other matters—affirmed that Roger Chillingworth’s aspect had undergone a remarkable change while he had dwelt in town, and especially since his abode with Mr. Dimmesdale.
  • And once Hester was seen embroidering a baby-garment with such a lavish richness of golden fancy as would have raised a public tumult had any infant thus apparelled, been shown to our sober-hued community.

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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
as in: I need to sober up. Define
to become less drunk
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