V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. abstinence from drugs or alcohol; 2. a state of seriousness
Synonyms: abstinence, temperance, self-control, self-restraint, soberness, chastity, solemnity
Antonyms: intoxication, indulgence, humor
Tips: Sobriety is derived from the Latin sobrius, which means "not drunk." Sobriety is generally used to mean a long period of abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Although not used as often, sobriety also means "a state of seriousness," like that of someone who is not drunk. The adjective sober, in addition to meaning not drunk, or abstinent, also means "very serious." This is not to be confused with the word somber, which also means "serious," but with a sad or gloomy connotation.
On New Year's Eve, the police will set up sobriety checkpoints all over the city. (temperance, abstinence)
There was an air of sobriety and serenity at the piano concert last night. (solemnity, seriousness)
After a short fit of giggles, she once again became sober. (serious) adjective
After years of drinking and heavy partying, he decided sobriety was a healthier alternative and quit drinking. (abstinence, self-control)
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