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verb (inveterat, ing)
  1. (obsolete) 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."
    • 1640, Edward Dacres, translation of The Prince by Machiavelli, Chapter XIX
      "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."
  1. old, Old; long-established.
  • 1911: Morrison I. Swift, "Humanizing the Prisons," The Atlantic
  • : In Montpelier, where this prison stands, the prejudice against prisoners has been swept away.
    1. firmly, Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse.
    1. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
      1. malignant, Malignant; virulent; spiteful.
    2. 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 15.
    3. : A man of mild manners can form no idea of revenge or cruelty;

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