What does the word inveterate mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Inveteracy.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Established by long continuance; deep rooted; confirmed.

Usage examples for inveterate

  1. I cannot imagine why my mother chose this particular day to take me to see our relatives, except it was the inveterate longing which her early surroundings and training had given her to assist at the " batin' of an Orangeman," or why I should have been the chosen one of the family to come, unless it was that she thought I was the one most after her own heart in her warlike propensities. – The Life Story of an Old Rebel by John Denvir
  2. " I thought you wanted to know what men you would find there,- you inveterate coquette, you! – Patty's Social Season by Carolyn Wells
  3. People eat as they had never eat before, and even the inveterate English prejudice against anything new was conquered at last. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins