Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech., unsteadiness, crookedness, or inequality of pitch in a screw, such that the nut either wabbles or does not advance at a constant speed.
  • noun The state of being drunk, or overpowered by intoxicants; the habit of indulging in intoxicants; intoxication; inebriation.
  • noun Disorder of the faculties resembling intoxication; intense excitement; frenzy; rage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual state or the habit.
  • noun Disorder of the faculties, resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage.

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  • noun A state of being drunk

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
  • noun the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  • noun a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

Etymologies

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drunken +‎ -ness

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Examples

  • The real case against drunkenness is not that it calls up the beast, but that it calls up the Devil.

    Food and Drink

  • The dismal and destructive ecstasy of drugs, of hammering rhythms, noise, and drunkenness is confronted with a bright ecstasy of light, of joyful encounter in

    Atheism

  • There was no drunkenness, as drunkenness is ordinarily understood -- no staggering and rolling around, no befuddlement of the senses.

    Chapter 32

  • Wolf Larsen it was, always Wolf Larsen, enslaver and tormentor of men, a male Circe and these his swine, suffering brutes that grovelled before him and revolted only in drunkenness and in secrecy.

    Chapter 26

  • The dismal and destructive ecstasy of drugs, of hammering rhythms, noise, and drunkenness is confronted with a bright ecstasy of light, of joyful encounter in

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • Children are begotten in drunkenness, saturated in drink before they draw their first breath, born to the smell and taste of it, and brought up in the midst of it.

    DRINK, TEMPERANCE, AND THRIFT

  • The dismal and destructive ecstasy of drugs, of hammering rhythms, noise, and drunkenness is confronted with a bright ecstasy of light, of joyful encounter in

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  • I took him through the slums of San Francisco, and in drunkenness, prostitution, and criminality he learned a deeper cause than innate depravity.

    Chapter 6: Adumbrations

  • Though drawing the story in bold strokes and relying on stock characters, Austen's treatment of drunkenness nevertheless remains subtle insofar as she, like medical writers, refuses the interpretation that drunkenness is merely a mark of license.

    'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_

  • Now, drunkenness is not the great vice, as far as I can learn.

    The Canadian Army As I Saw It

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