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The Brothers Karamazov
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as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
  • The sound of the knock in the silence of the night sobered him and made him feel annoyed.

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  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
  • She stopped laughing and said in a sober tone, ...

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unspecified meaning
  • Next day, of course, when he was sober, he regretted the broken cups and saucers.
  • "To my thinking," he revived at once, seeming to grow sober the instant he touched on his favorite topic.

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  • The answer he received was: that he was sober, but wouldn't go away.
  • He was suddenly drunk, although till that moment he had been quite sober, he remembered that.
  • It's with me, you know, like the saying: 'When he is sober, he is a fool; when he is drunk, he is a wise man.'
  • He seemed not quite sober.
  • But that does not diminish the value of the letter, quite the contrary; he wrote when drunk what he had planned when sober.
  • Had he not planned it when sober, he would not have written it when drunk.
  • I'm quite sober now.
  • But we must one day begin life in sober earnest, we must look at ourselves as a society; it's time we tried to grasp something of our social position, or at least to make a beginning in that direction.

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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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