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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Intoxicate \In*tox"i*cate\, a. [LL. intoxicatus, p. p. of intoxicare to drug or poison; pref. in- in + L. toxicum a poison in which arrows were dipped, Gr. ?, fr. ? pertaining to a bow. See Toxic.]

  1. Intoxicated.

  2. Overexcited, as with joy or grief.

    Alas, good mother, be not intoxicate for me; I am well enough.


Intoxicate \In*tox"i*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intoxicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Intoxicating.]

  1. To poison; to drug.

  2. To make drunk; to inebriate; to excite or to stupefy by strong drink or by a narcotic substance.

    With new wine inoxicated both.

  3. To excite to a transport of enthusiasm, frenzy, or madness; to elate unduly or excessively.

    Intoxicated with the sound of those very bells.
    --G. Eliot.

    They are not intoxicated by military success.
    --Jowett (Thuc.).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to poison," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare "to poison," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + toxicare "to poison," from toxicum "poison" (see toxic). Meaning "make drunk" first recorded 1570s. Related: Intoxicated; intoxicating.

  1. 1 (context obsolete English) Intoxicated. 2 (context obsolete English) Overexcited, as with joy or grief. v

  2. To stupefy by dope with chemical substances such as alcohol.

  1. v. fill with high spirits; fill with optimism; "Music can uplift your spirits" [syn: elate, lift up, uplift, pick up] [ant: depress]

  2. make drunk (with alcoholic drinks) [syn: soak, inebriate]

  3. have an intoxicating effect on, of a drug

Usage examples of "intoxicate".

Space and Prinz squatted near the campfire, too excited to drinking balche, the Mayan drink compound of bark and honey fermented in water, and they were slightly intoxicated.

Peregrine, is what Brummell would describe as the hot, intoxicating liquor so much drunk by the lower orders.

The scent was an intoxicating olio of candies rare and common, old and cutting edge.

The sight of his giant cockhead was intoxicating, and the arousing sight of the veins pulsing along his massive shaft made Hannah whimper as lust raced through her veins.

The concerti, the often flashy and tinselly pianoforte compositions of Liszt and Rubinstein were the immediate and surface result of that deeper sense of the instrument which arrived during the nineteenth century, and intoxicated folk with the piano timbres, and made them eager to hear its many voices in no matter how crude a form.

Indeed, they were the fairest of all, possessing a beauty that was intoxicating, almost paralyzing.

Against her cheek she could feel the hard warmth of his shoulder, smell the clean, damp, freshly showered male smell of him, and her body was reacting to it as though she had inhaled the headiest and most intoxicating of drugs.

In that very same orchard behind his house, where once as a small boy he had seen Bird for the first time and had felt the tremor of joy of that adventure, he now paced back and forth in agitation, to the goat stall, to the kitchen window, to the rabbit coop and beyond, his Sunday coat grazing the hayrakes, pitchforks, and scythes hanging on the back wall of the barn -- upset and confused, almost intoxicated with thoughts, wishes, and resolutions, heavyhearted, thinking of Judas, a thousand heavy dream-ducats in the bag.

The rich, intoxicating scent of jasmine was thick in the air as Sinclair plopped down on the bank and leaned against the rough bark of a live oak tree.

Intoxicated with rapture, I passed so rapidly from a state of sadness to one of overwhelming cheerfulness that during our supper the advocate enjoyed a thousand jokes upon my toothache, so quickly cured by the simple remedy of a walk.

Those brilliant, terrifying weeks on Kursk, they had been the most intoxicating days of her life.

The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

His scent reached her, muskier, more intoxicating than the hothouse that surrounded them.

What was necessary was that he transmute something that was nonintoxicating into something that was intoxicating.

Since I hesitate to accuse Terrestrial diplomatic and intelligence officers of having uncritically swallowed the wild hoax of some intoxicated or possibly deranged Pornian outcase, I beg leave to confess myself at a loss to explain these statements.