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inveterate

adjective

Definition: 1. habitual and settled on by long continuance; 2. firmly established

Synonyms: habitual, confirmed, chronic, abiding, protracted, customary

Antonyms: intermittent, temporary, occasional

Tips: Inveterate habits are often obstinate, long standing, and deeply rooted. You will often hear of someone being characterized as an "inveterate smoker" or an "inveterate nail biter," meaning they are chronic or habitual in their bad habits. A person with inveterate behavior can be said to be "die-hard."

Usage Examples:

He was an inveterate smoker and there was little hope of him being able to quit. (habitual)

Even after retiring from the navy seals, he was unable to discontinue his inveterate visual scanning of a room. (habitual, customary)

She is known as an inveterate liar, so beware of believing her. (chronic, habitual)

Whenever he gets nervous, he becomes an inveterate nail-biter and canít control his bad habit. (chronic, habitual)


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