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Meaning of INVETERATE

Pronunciation:  in'veturit

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In*vet"er*ate\, a. [L. inveteratus, p. p. of
    inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old.
    See {Veteran}.]
    1. Old; long-established. [Obs.]
    
             It is an inveterate and received opinion. --Bacon.
    
    2. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate;
       deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease;
       an inveterate abuse.
    
             Heal the inveterate canker of one wound. --Shak.
    
    3. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed;
       habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
    
    4. Malignant; virulent; spiteful. --H. Brooke.
    
    
  2. \In*vet"er*ate\, v. t.
    To fix and settle by long continuance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    
    
 
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