In*vet"er*a*cy (?), n. [From Inveterate.]
Firm establishment by long continuance; firmness or deep-rooted obstinacy of any quality or state acquired by time; as, the inveteracy of custom, habit, or disease; -- usually in a bad sense; as, the inveteracy of prejudice or of error.
An inveteracy of evil habits that will prompt him to contract more.
Malignity; spitefulness; virulency.
The rancor of pamphlets, the inveteracy of epigrams, an the mortification of lampoons.
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