inveterate

Definitions

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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.

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The word 'inveterate' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to grow old, endure', and is related to the word 'veteran'.