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Definition of Inveterate


  1. Old; long-established.
  2. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse.
  3. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
  4. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
  5. To fix and settle by long continuance.

Inveterate Quotations

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.
Washington Irving

Hatred is inveterate anger.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
Clifford Geertz

I'm an inveterate bookstore wanderer. I read constantly, so I love a good bookstore. I can't help it.
David Crosby

Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
Ernest Dimnet
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Inveterate Translations

inveterate in Norwegian is inngrodd
inveterate in Spanish is inveterado
inveterate in Swedish is ingrodd, inrotad, inbiten

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