inveterate inveterate  /ɪn ˈvɛ tə rət/


  1. (adj) habitual
  2. (adv) in a habitual and longstanding manner



  • Tom was an inveterate smoker and could not kick the habit even after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.



  1. "First, let's answer a simple but very serious question," begins Medvedev. "Should a primitive economy based on raw materials and endemic corruption accompany us into the future? And should the inveterate habit of relying on the government,...
    on Sep 14, 2009 By: Dmitry Medvedev Source: Russia Profile

  2. "As an inveterate ball follower, Kevin Pietersen was complicit in this, shifting his fielders every time Tendulkar found a gap. A fidgety man, perhaps we should not be surprised when Pietersen's captaincy follows suit, but such fluidity can be...
    on Dec 15, 2008 By: Derek Pringle Source: Rediff

  3. Adding Stitsky was "just as the government describes, an inveterate con man," Wood said his conduct "warrants very severe punishment."
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Kimba Wood Source: Sify

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