Sobriety : Definition


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Definitions of Sobriety

Pronunciation : So*bri"e*ty
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [L. sobrietas: cf. F. sobriété. See Sober.]
Definition : 1. Habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors; as, a man of sobriety. Public sobriety is a relative duty. Blackstone.

2. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness; as, the sobriety of riper years. Mirth makes them not mad, Nor sobriety sad. Denham.

Syn. -- Soberness; temperance; abstinence; abstemiousness; moderation; regularity; steadness; calmness; coolness; sober-mindeness; sedateness; staidness; gravity; seriousness; solemnity.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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