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Meaning of INVETERACY

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In*vet"er*a*cy\, n. [From {Inveterate}.]
1. Firm establishment by long continuance; firmness or
   deep-rooted obstinacy of any quality or state acquired by
   time; as, the inveteracy of custom, habit, or disease; --
   usually in a bad sense; as, the inveteracy of prejudice or
   of error.

         An inveteracy of evil habits that will prompt him to
         contract more.                        --A. Tucker.

2. Malignity; spitefulness; virulency.

         The rancor of pamphlets, the inveteracy of epigrams,
         an the mortification of lampoons.     --Guardian.

 
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