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Inveterate


INVET'ERATE, adjective [Latin inveteratus, invetero; in and vetero, from vetus, old.]

1. Old; long established.

It is an inveterate and received opinion--

2. Deep rooted; firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; used of evils; as an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse; an inveterate course of sin.

3. Having fixed habits by long continuance; used of persons; as an inveterate sinner.

4. Violent; deep rooted; obstinate; as inveterate enmity or malice.

INVET'ERATE, verb transitive [Latin invetero, to grow old.]

To fix and settle by long continuance. [Obsolete or little used.]