Drunk"en*ness, n. 1. The state of being drunken with, or as with, alcoholic liquor; intoxication; inebriety; -- used of the casual state or the habit.
The Lacedemonians trained up their children to hate drunkenness by bringing a drunken man into their company.I. Watts.
2. Disorder of the faculties, resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage.
Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.South.
Syn. -- Intoxication; inebriation; inebriety. -- Drunkenness, Intoxication, Inebriation. Drunkenness refers more to the habit; intoxication and inebriation, to specific acts. The first two words are extensively used in a figurative sense; a person is intoxicated with success, and is drunk with joy. "This plan of empire was not taken up in the first intoxication of unexpected success." Burke.
Drunk"ship, } n. The state of being drunk; drunkenness. [Obs.] Gower.
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