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  • She’s an inveterate gossip.
  • Irene is an inveterate impulse buyer.
  • He was an inveterate gambler, though a poor loser.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • The subject was a German who kept a liquor-shop and was an inveterate drunkard.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House

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  • It was striking of the children, at all events, to kiss me inveterately with a kind of wild irrelevance and...
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • being an enemy to me inveterate
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Threpe was an inveterate gossipmonger with a knack for tasteless innuendo, and I have always had a gift for a catchy tune.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Although he guarded his privacy obsessively—behaved as if he had state secrets to hide—Denny himself was an inveterate snoop.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • An inveterate radical, he assigned Catcher in the Rye to his students before the town could mobilize its committees of repression.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Mikey was an inveterate reader.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • An inveterate Bonapartist; took an active part in the return from the Island of Elba.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She was an inveterate experimenter in these things.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He caught a glimpse of that mysterious gentleman once or twice; but Mr. Fogg usually confined himself to the cabin, where he kept Aouda company, or, according to his inveterate habit, took a hand at whist.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • But, imbued from her childhood with a brooding sense of wrong, and an inveterate hatred of a class, opportunity had developed her into a tigress.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He spoke upon all subjects except the sciences, alleging in this respect the inveterate hatred he had borne to scholars from his childhood.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It revived my utmost indignation to find that she was still pursued by this fellow, and I felt inveterate against him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It might be explained by our inveterate impracticality.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • But Winfield was still a trifle of a snot-nose, a little of a brooder back of the barn, and an inveterate collector and smoker of snipes.3 And whereas Ruthie felt the might, the responsibility, and the dignity of her developing breasts, Winfield was kid-wild and calfish.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • CREON What an inveterate babbler! get thee gone!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • When Higgins excused his indifference to young women on the ground that they had an irresistible rival in his mother, he gave the clue to his inveterate old-bachelordom.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • It is only indispensable with an inveterate running whale; its grand fact and feature is the wonderful distance to which the long lance is accurately darted from a violently rocking, jerking boat, under extreme headway.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He was an inveterate gambler, though a poor loser.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • In this case, I was driven to reflect deeply and inveterately on that hard law of life, which lies at the root of religion and is one of the most plentiful springs of distress.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Everyone was a friend, and she offered kisses to a stranger so confidingly that the most inveterate bachelor relented, and baby-lovers became faithful worshipers.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The trouble is with me laid up like this you haven’t got enough to do,’ she said, mashing her cigarette in a jar of cleansing cream, and taking the cards in her hand she mixed them in the deft, irritating shuffle of the inveterate player, shaking them in threes, snapping the backs.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The chief tragic event of the old man’s life, so far as I could judge, was his mishap with a certain goose, which lived and died some twenty or forty years ago: a goose of most promising figure, but which, at table, proved so inveterately tough, that the carving-knife would make no impression on its carcase, and it could only be divided with an axe and handsaw.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’In my honeymoon, too, when my most inveterate enemy might relent, one would think, and not envy me a little peace of mind and happiness.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • In that manner Hareton, who should now be the first gentleman in the neighbourhood, was reduced to a state of complete dependence on his father’s inveterate enemy; and lives in his own house as a servant, deprived of the advantage of wages: quite unable to right himself, because of his friendlessness, and his ignorance that he has been wronged.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • King Phoebus bids us straitly extirpate A fell pollution that infests the land, And no more harbor an inveterate sore.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Clifford was indeed the most inveterate of conservatives.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The gentleman with the gray whiskers was obviously an inveterate adherent of serfdom and a devoted agriculturist, who had lived all his life in the country.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Arthur became an astute and deliberate vegetable gardener, an inveterate observer of island life, and gradually a small-town newspaperman in the truest sense: he came to recognize the opportunity his words provided for leverage, celebrity, and service.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • To meet the objections of some inveterate cavillers, I may as well state, that if I dined out occasionally, as I always had done, and I trust shall have opportunities to do again, it was frequently to the detriment of my domestic arrangements.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Poor Abel, as he was called, had an inveterate habit of over-sleeping himself and coming late to his work.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The subject was a German who kept a liquor-shop and was an inveterate drunkard.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The Enemy takes this risk because He has a curious fantasy of making all these disgusting little human vermin into what He calls His "free" lovers and servants—"sons" is the word He uses, with His inveterate love of degrading the whole spiritual world by unnatural liaisons with the two-legged animals.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • I am an inveterate buffoon, and have been from birth up, your reverence, it’s as though it were a craze in me.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The royal policy had long been to weaken, by every means, legal or illegal, the strength of a part of the population which was justly considered as nourishing the most inveterate antipathy to their victor.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Mr. Hubbard was a florid, red-whiskered little man, whose admiration for art was considerably tempered by the inveterate impecuniosity of most of the artists who dealt with him.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • To suppose that Wakem had the same sort of inveterate hatred toward Tulliver that Tulliver had toward him would be like supposing that a pike and a roach can look at each other from a similar point of view.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He carried his hands in his pockets, and there was something in the way he did it that showed the habit was inveterate.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I used to believe you would get over it, that when the pain of all of it left you, you would grow warm again and filled with love, and filled with that wild and insatiable curiosity with which you first came to me, that inveterate conscience, and that hunger for knowledge that brought you all the way to Paris to my cell.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • …broke, Broached, pierced, Broaches, spits, Bur, hand-guard of a spear, Burble, bubble, Burbling, bubbling, Burgenetts, buds, blossoms, Bushment, ambush, By and by, immediately, Bywaryed, expended, bestowed, Canel bone, collar bone, Cankered, inveterate, Cantel, slice, strip, Careful, sorrowful, full of troubles, Cast (of bread), loaves baked at the same time, Cast, ref: v., propose, Cedle, schedule, note, Cere, wax over, embalm,; cerel, Certes, certainly, Chafe, heat, decompose,;…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • His writings, to do them justice, are not altogether destitute of fancy and originality; they might have won him greater reputation but for an inveterate love of allegory, which is apt to invest his plots and characters with the aspect of scenery and people in the clouds, and to steal away the human warmth out of his conceptions.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • …broke, Broached, pierced, Broaches, spits, Bur, hand-guard of a spear, Burble, bubble, Burbling, bubbling, Burgenetts, buds, blossoms, Bushment, ambush, By and by, immediately, Bywaryed, expended, bestowed, Canel bone, collar bone, Cankered, inveterate, Cantel, slice, strip, Careful, sorrowful, full of troubles, Cast (of bread), loaves baked at the same time, Cast, ref: v., propose, Cedle, schedule, note, Cere, wax over, embalm,; cerel, Certes, certainly, Chafe, heat, decompose,;…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • …doubtless have considered that Odette failed to understand him, just as a morphinomaniac or a consumptive, each persuaded that he has been thrown back, one by some outside event, at the moment when he was just going to shake himself free from his inveterate habit, the other by an accidental indisposition at the moment when he was just going to be finally cured, feels himself to be misunderstood by the doctor who does not attach the same importance to these pretended contingencies, mere…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Duane knew him to be an inveterate gambler.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Not so the inveterate Professor.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • All missionaries from the Americas were inveterate beggars, then as now, Bishop Ferrand.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
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