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.

 

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In*vet"er*ate (?), v. t.

To fix and settle by long continuance.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

 

© Webster 1913.

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