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inveterate adj : having a habit of long standing; "a chronic smoker" [syn: chronic, confirmed, habitual, inveterate(a)]

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  1. To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.
    • 1622, Francis Bacon, The History of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh:
    "the vulgar conceived that now there was an end given, and a consummation to superstitious prophecies, the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men, and to an ancient tacit expectation which had by tradition been infused and inveterated into men's minds."
    "none of these Princes do use to maintaine any armies together, which are annex'd and inveterated with the governments of the provinces, as were the armies of the Roman Empire. "
    • 1851 January, author unknown, "The Philosophy of the American Union, in The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, page 16:
    "The foregoing elements of disunion are inveterated by the constituent formation of our national legislature. In the French chambers the members are all Frenchmen ; but our members of Congress are effectively Georgians, New-Yorkers, Carolinians, Pennsylvanians, &c."

Derived terms


  1. Old; long-established.
    • 1911: Morrison I. Swift, "Humanizing the Prisons," The Atlantic
      In Montpelier, where this prison stands, the inveterate prejudice against prisoners has been swept away.
  2. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse.
  3. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
  4. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 15.
      A man of mild manners can form no idea of inveterate revenge or cruelty;



  • Portuguese: maligno

Extensive Definition

Chronic may refer to:

See also

inveterate in French: Chronique
inveterate in Indonesian: Kronik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abiding, accustomed, acknowledged, addicted, admitted, age-long, aged, ancient, antique, chronic, confirmed, constant, continuing, conventional, customary, deep-dyed, deep-engraven, deep-fixed, deep-grounded, deep-laid, deep-rooted, deep-seated, deep-set, deep-settled, diuturnal, durable, dyed-in-the-wool, embedded, embossed, enduring, engrafted, engraved, entrenched, established, etched, evergreen, fast, firmly established, fixed, folk, graven, habitual, habituated, hallowed, handed down, hardened, hardy, heroic, hoary, immemorial, immutable, implanted, impressed, imprinted, inbred, incorrigible, inculcated, indelibly impressed, indurated, infixed, ingrained, ingrown, innate, instilled, intransient, inwrought, irreversible, lasting, legendary, lifelong, long-established, long-lasting, long-lived, long-standing, long-term, longeval, longevous, macrobiotic, mythological, of long duration, of long standing, of the folk, old, old-line, on a rock, on bedrock, oral, perdurable, perduring, perennial, permanent, perpetual, persistent, persisting, prescriptive, received, recognized, remaining, rooted, sempervirent, set, settled, settled in habit, stabilized, stable, staying, steadfast, sworn, thorough, time-honored, tough, traditional, tried and true, true-blue, understood, unfading, unwritten, usual, venerable, vested, vital, well-established, well-founded, well-grounded, well-set, well-settled, worshipful
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