SOBRI'ETY, noun [Latin sobrietas, from sobrius.]
1. Habitual soberness or temperance in the use of spirituous liquors; as when we say. a man of sobriety
2. Freedom from intoxication. Public sobriety is a relative duty.
3. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; as the sobriety of riper years; the sobriety of age.
4. Seriousness; gravity without sadness or melancholy. Mirth makes them not mad, nor sobriety sad.