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- (rare, dated) The state or characteristic of drunkenness, especially as a persistent condition.
1892 June 2, “Killed by an Inebriacy Cure”, in New York Times, page 9:
- WICHITA, Kan., June 1—George Bradshaw, son of a prominent resident here, died yesterday from causes alleged to have been brought about by the treatment he was taking for the cure of inebriacy.
1910 March 5, “Orrine Does Cure Drunkenness”, in Daily Times, USA, page 2:
- "I have had a remarkable case of inebriacy under my personal observation. The patient drank heavily for fifteen years and reach a degraded condition."
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.