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inebriety (countable and uncountable, plural inebrieties)

  1. The state of being inebriated; inebriation, drunkenness.
    • 1767, Hugh Kelly, The Babler, Volume 2, No. 67, p. 7,[1]
      It is a just observation of a very celebrated author, that in proportion as every country is barbarous, it is addicted to inebriety. Were the people of England to be judged of by this standard, it is much to be feared, that our national character would be none of the most amiable.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, Volume 1, Chapter 15,[2]
      As she thought less of his inebriety, she thought more of his inconstancy and presumption []
    • 1846, Herman Melville, Typee, Chapter 2,[3]
      Our ship was now wholly given up to every species of riot and debauchery. The grossest licentiousness and the most shameful inebriety prevailed, with occasional and but short-lived interruptions, through the whole period of her stay.
    • 1885, Henry Taylor, Autobiography, London: Longmans, Green & Co., Volume 1, Chapter 3, p. 44,[4]
      Generally, as I have said, my inebrieties were nocturnal only, and the day paid the penalty of the night’s excess.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.