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Definition habitual; or something of long standing
  • She's an inveterate gossip.
inveterate = habitual
  • 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
  • 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
  • inveterately = habitually
  • being an enemy to me inveterate
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • inveterate = of long standing (for a long time)
  • 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
  • inveterate = habitual; or something of long standing
  • She was an inveterate experimenter in these things.
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer
  • And heal the inveterate canker of one wound
    Shakespeare, William  --  King John
  • I threw up my hands with helpless disapproval of his inveterate materialism and went about making the bed.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • Clifford was indeed the most inveterate of conservatives.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • It revived my utmost indignation to find that she was still pursued by this fellow, and I felt inveterate against him.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • he burst out, with a furtive look, which expressed his inveterate distrust of Natalie and of every one about her.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Miss or Mrs.?
  • He spoke upon all subjects except the sciences, alleging in this respect the inveterate hatred he had borne to scholars from his childhood.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Lady Lundie, Sir Patrick, and the surgeon, were all inveterate players, evenly matched.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • An inveterate Bonapartist; took an active part in the return from the Island of Elba.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • he is an inveterate gambler.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Haunted Hotel
  • These savages are the most dangerous banditti of the mountains, and the inveterate foe of the trappers.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • The prejudice against habitual silence, among the lower order of the people, is almost as inveterate as the prejudice against red hair.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No
  • Monk, that, from an inveterate enemy, he became a friend to the deposed king.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later

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