Definitions for: Drunkenness


[n] the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; "drink was his downfall"
[n] a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
[n] Habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms



Webster (1913) Definition: Drunk"en*ness, n.
1. The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic
liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual
state or the habit.

The Lacedemonians trained up their children to hate
drunkenness by bringing a drunken man into their
company. --I. Watts.

2. Disorder of the faculties, resembling intoxication by
liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage.

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind. -- South.

Syn: Intoxication; inebriation; inebriety. -- Drunkenness,
Intoxication, Inebriation. Drunkenness refers more
to the habit; intoxication and inebriation, to specific
acts. The first two words are extensively used in a
figurative sense; a person is intoxicated with success,
and is drunk with joy. ``This plan of empire was not
taken up in the first intoxication of unexpected
success.'' --Burke.

Synonyms: alcohol addiction, alcoholism, boozing, crapulence, drink, drinking, inebriation, inebriety, intoxication, tipsiness

Antonyms: soberness, sobriety

See Also: drinking bout, drug addiction, grogginess, intemperance, intemperateness, sottishness, temporary state, white plague

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