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.

Usage Examples:

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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