[in-vet-er-it] /ɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt/

settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like:
an inveterate gambler.
firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.
long established, esp so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained: an inveterate feeling of hostility
(prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, esp a bad one; hardened: an inveterate smoker
(obsolete) full of hatred; hostile

late 14c., from Latin inveteratus “of long standing, chronic,” past participle of inveterare “become old in,” from in- “in, into” (see in- (2)) + veterare “to make old,” from vetus (genitive veteris) “old” (see veteran).

inveterate in·vet·er·ate (ĭn-vět’ər-ĭt)

in·vet’er·a·cy (-ər-ə-sē) or in·vet’er·ate·ness n.


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