Definition of inveterate in English:



  • 1attributive Having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change.

    ‘he was an inveterate gambler’
    • ‘An inveterate adventurer more interested in fun and international intrigue than money, Vallone disdained an airline career and signed on as a ferry pilot.’
    • ‘An inveterate grassroots activist and organiser, she led the campaign to expose sterilisation abuse in Puerto Rico, where it was rampant.’
    • ‘In typically home-spun style, it tells the story of Bob, an inveterate procrastinator who is great at accomplishing meaningless tasks but not so hot at getting round to what really matters.’
    • ‘Rice, who is an inveterate networker, maintains there is no hidden motives about such a high-powered gathering other than celebrating women in business and public life in Scotland.’
    • ‘Nice touch for this inveterate jazz fan is the fact that Nick owns a jazz club and who should be performing there but the excellent house band.’
    • ‘The Clermont club was founded in 1962 by inveterate gambler Aspinall, in London's Berkeley Square.’
    • ‘Richard M. Nixon was an inveterate Cold Warrior whose interest in domestic affairs never matched his passion for foreign affairs.’
    • ‘Jarecki succeeds brilliantly, because he had access to tapes and videos made by the Friedmans themselves, a family of manic talkers and inveterate home movie-makers.’
    • ‘I crave intellectual respectability despite the fact that I am an inveterate gossip with a hankering for the naughty.’
    • ‘He was an inveterate essayist and letter writer, renowned for the forceful expression of his opinions (on everything from compost to marching girls) and the ebullience of his wit.’
    • ‘But I don't feel good either at the sight of inveterate smokers hanging around in back alleys looking like lost souls drifting amid poignant plumes of smoke.’
    • ‘There's plenty here to trap the unwary and baffle even the inveterate gambler!’
    • ‘Being an inveterate gambler, the fourth son was only too glad to accept the offer.’
    • ‘We have been in the present house for 35 years, and as an inveterate and incurable hoarder I have been faced with the need to sort things out, and decide quickly what must be kept, and what can sensibly be thrown out at last.’
    • ‘Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh is an inveterate television watcher, whose interests range from news to the latest family serials.’
    • ‘They are inveterate gamblers, drink as much beer as their wages will permit, are devoted to bawdy jokes, and use probably the foulest language in the world.’
    • ‘She became an inveterate party-goer and embraced the ‘New Look’ promoted by Christian Dior, with the figure to wear the accompanying tight-waisted skirts and high heels.’
    • ‘Bill is an inveterate gambler and has forged Fred's signature for $10,000, which he lost in a crap game.’
    • ‘He was a congenital reformer, an inveterate crusader.’
    • ‘In the meantime, you may savor the irony of how this inveterate critic of liberal media bias exposed his own bias in such an extraordinary manner.’
    ingrained, deep-seated, deep-rooted, deep-set, entrenched, established, long-established, congenital
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    1. 1.1 (of a feeling or habit) long-established and unlikely to change.
      • ‘His was a personable, companionable, bland brand of humour based on the long-running gag that Hope was an inveterate coward.’
      • ‘The problem is that Fausto, though essentially kind, is an inveterate skirt chaser, and none too discrete at that.’
      • ‘For this reason, as soon as he took office, Ma began to cultivate the attitude of indifference to Lee as a preparation for his inveterate opposition to the central government.’
      • ‘Its inveterate good manners are ultimately its undoing.’
      • ‘What is certain about Andersen is that he was an inveterate social climber, and managed to latch on to some useful patrons.’
      • ‘Agnes was an inveterate correspondent and a great supporter of people in distress and need.’
      • ‘And nobody except the most inveterate optimists expected anything dramatic.’
      • ‘What distortions one finds in these fictionalized self-portraits and in Madame de Stael's memoirs arise most often from her inveterate idealism and enthusiasm rather than calculation.’
      • ‘In town for the competition is Phil's arch rival and inveterate cheat Ray and his lovely American daughter Christina.’
      • ‘Every administration, that is, until this one, which from its first days has made clear its inveterate hostility to arms control.’
      • ‘According to the media, people nationwide have developed an offbeat mentality characterized by inveterate hostility to the rich.’
      • ‘An inveterate multi-tasker, she's been a model, soundtrack composer, charity activist and personal performer to the British royal family.’
      • ‘I will explore some of the more prominent Buddhist techniques for overcoming our inveterate dualism and the disconnected, alienated, disembodied condition it leads to.’
      • ‘He's been a good friend and his inveterate optimism has been a welcome tonic to my usual cynicism.’
      • ‘One of the pleasures of the TV show, The Simpsons is Homer's inveterate stupidity.’
      • ‘The three have a lot in common with each other in their inveterate hatred of that ethnic group.’
      • ‘Ever the inveterate people watcher, I used to sit in the stands and study the folk down in the boxes.’
      • ‘He doesn't deal in heroes and villains, not even loveable rogues, and that's frightening stuff for an inveterate good guy.’
      • ‘I have a democratic suspicion of demands for sanctity as a solution to corruption and other inveterate human failings.’
      • ‘He makes movies about problem people, often inveterate liars, who are found out, but who are so compellingly alive and above the world that people let them pass.’
      confirmed, hardened, chronic, hard-core, incorrigible
      staunch, steadfast, committed, devoted, dedicated
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Late Middle English (referring to disease, in the sense ‘of long standing, chronic’): from Latin inveteratus ‘made old’, past participle of inveterare (based on vetus, veter- ‘old’).