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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

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

Hatred is inveterate anger.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Whether in cave paintings or the latest uses of the Internet, human beings have always told their histories and truths through parable and fable. We are inveterate storytellers.
Beeban Kidron

This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see... the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.
Arthur Erickson
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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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