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Inveterate

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Inveterate

1. Old; long-established. It is an inveterate and received opinion. (Bacon)

2. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse. Heal the inveterate canker of one wound. (Shak)

3. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.

4. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.

Origin: L. Inveteratus, p. P. Of inveterare to render old; pref. In- in _ vetus, veteris, old. See veteran.