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- adj. Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.
- adj. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
- adj. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
- v. To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.
Observe how inveterate is the malice that wicked men have towards the righteous, how far it will go, and what a variety of cruelties it will invent and exercise upon those against whom they have no cause of quarrel, except in the matters of their God.
She was one of that peculiar class of females, who, if there is any thing to be said, always claim the privilege of saying it; in other words, an inveterate talker; and who, if we may be allowed the phrase, managed her husband, and all around her, with the length of her tongue.
Each comic is a complete Wallace & Gromit adventure and is packed with bonus features on the inveterate inventor and his faithful canine companion.
My mom and I, inveterate planners -- nay, a planning juggernaut -- have spent this week carefully not planning, or not attaching to particular plans.
Jack White, an inveterate record collector, understood the pleasures of being a fan better than most other musicians.
His desire to do things for people made him an inveterate matchmaker.
These were kept going day and night to supply the German army; and it was strange to see with what zeal Frenchmen toiled to fill the stomachs of their inveterate enemies, and with what alacrity the mayor and other. officials filled requisitions for wine, cheese, suits of livery, riding-whips, and even squab pigeons.
The word 'inveterate' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to grow old, endure', and is related to the word 'veteran'.