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inveterate

in·vet·er·ate

inveterate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn ve t riht
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: persisting in a habit, action, feeling, or the like.
She was an inveterate gossip and could never resist passing on whatever scuttlebutt she chanced to hear.
similar words:
confirmed, habitual
definition 2: firmly established after continuing for some time, as a chronic illness.
similar words:
chronic
derivations: inveterately (adv.), inveteracy (n.)