Definition of Drunkenness

1. Noun. A temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol.

Exact synonyms: Inebriation, Inebriety, Insobriety, Intoxication, Tipsiness
Generic synonyms: Temporary State
Specialized synonyms: Grogginess, Sottishness
Derivative terms: Drunken, Inebriate, Inebriate, Intoxicate, Intoxicate, Tipsy
Antonyms: Soberness

2. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Alcohol Addiction, Alcoholism, Inebriation
Generic synonyms: Drug Addiction, White Plague
Derivative terms: Inebriate, Inebriate

3. Noun. The act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess. "Drink was his downfall"
Exact synonyms: Boozing, Crapulence, Drink, Drinking
Generic synonyms: Intemperance, Intemperateness
Specialized synonyms: Drinking Bout
Derivative terms: Crapulent, Crapulous, Crapulous, Drink, Drink, Drink, Drink

Definition of Drunkenness

1. n. The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual state or the habit.

Definition of Drunkenness

1. Noun. A state of being drunk ¹

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Definition of Drunkenness

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Medical Definition of Drunkenness

1. Intoxication, usually alcoholic. See: acute alcoholism. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Drunkenness

drunk tank
drunk tanks
drunken reveler
drunken reveller
drunken revelry
drunken trees
drunkenness (current term)

Literary usage of Drunkenness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"The addition of drunkenness to insanity does not withdraw from such person the protection due to insanity, but, where a person commits homicide during ..."

2. Curiosities of Literature by Isaac Disraeli (1835)
"The variety of agents capable of exciting drunkenness is indeed surprising, ... CHAPTER II. CAUSES or drunkenness. The causes of drunkenness are so ..."

3. The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy by William Paley (1832)
"CHAPTER II drunkenness. The mischief of drunkenness, from which we are to ... To these consequences of drunkenness must be added the peculiar danger and ..."

4. Democracy and Liberty by William Edward Hartpole, Lecky (1896)
"They recognise that habitual drunkenness is a disease, a dangerous form of ... In estimating the connection between crime and drunkenness there are, ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"If the city of Dalton, by its ordinance, sought only to penalize drunkenness at some other place than those mentioned In section 442 of the Penal Code, ..."

6. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1828)
"True, as Mr Macnish says, " that drunkenness hag varied greatly at different ... drunkenness prevails, we agree with the author, more in a rude than in a ..."

7. Theology: Explained and Defended, in a Series of Sermons by Timothy Dwight (1839)
"drunkenness is nearly allied to Suicide. It is equally certain means of ... drunkenness brings it gradually to an end. The destruction, in both cases, ..."

8. Handbook of Criminal Law by William Lawrence Clark, William Ephraim Mikell (1915)
"No criminal responsibility attaches for acts committed while in a state of involuntary drunkenness, destroying the reason and wilL Voluntary drunkenness No ..."

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