Definition of inveterate in English:



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

    ‘he was an 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.’
    • ‘An inveterate grassroots activist and organiser, she led the campaign to expose sterilisation abuse in Puerto Rico, where it was rampant.’
    • ‘He was a congenital reformer, an inveterate crusader.’
    • ‘The Clermont club was founded in 1962 by inveterate gambler Aspinall, in London's Berkeley Square.’
    • ‘An inveterate adventurer more interested in fun and international intrigue than money, Vallone disdained an airline career and signed on as a ferry pilot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's plenty here to trap the unwary and baffle even the inveterate gambler!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bill is an inveterate gambler and has forged Fred's signature for $10,000, which he lost in a crap game.’
    • ‘I crave intellectual respectability despite the fact that I am an inveterate gossip with a hankering for the naughty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Richard M. Nixon was an inveterate Cold Warrior whose interest in domestic affairs never matched his passion for foreign affairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh is an inveterate television watcher, whose interests range from news to the latest family serials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the pleasures of the TV show, The Simpsons is Homer's inveterate stupidity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's been a good friend and his inveterate optimism has been a welcome tonic to my usual cynicism.’
      • ‘I have a democratic suspicion of demands for sanctity as a solution to corruption and other inveterate human failings.’
      • ‘Its inveterate good manners are ultimately its undoing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He doesn't deal in heroes and villains, not even loveable rogues, and that's frightening stuff for an inveterate good guy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In town for the competition is Phil's arch rival and inveterate cheat Ray and his lovely American daughter Christina.’
      • ‘What is certain about Andersen is that he was an inveterate social climber, and managed to latch on to some useful patrons.’
      • ‘His was a personable, companionable, bland brand of humour based on the long-running gag that Hope was an inveterate coward.’
      • ‘I will explore some of the more prominent Buddhist techniques for overcoming our inveterate dualism and the disconnected, alienated, disembodied condition it leads to.’
      • ‘An inveterate multi-tasker, she's been a model, soundtrack composer, charity activist and personal performer to the British royal family.’
      • ‘The problem is that Fausto, though essentially kind, is an inveterate skirt chaser, and none too discrete at that.’
      • ‘According to the media, people nationwide have developed an offbeat mentality characterized by inveterate hostility to the rich.’
      • ‘Every administration, that is, until this one, which from its first days has made clear its inveterate hostility to arms control.’
      staunch, steadfast, committed, devoted, dedicated
      confirmed, hardened, chronic, hard-core, incorrigible
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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).