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inveterate (adj) (of a quality, habit, etc.,) firmly established; habituated.

An inveterate hatred in a person for somebody is a firmly established hatred. It cannot change. An inveterate hostility is so deeply rooted that it cannot change or become less. Inveterate envy cannot be got rid of. An inveterate liar almost always lies and cannot stop lying. An inveterate wanderer keeps wandering almost always and cannot stop. So is an inveterate smoker is so established a smoker that they cannot give up smoking.

  • An inveterate gambler, Smithson had gambled on till he lost all his property and earnings. Not stopping with that he even borrows money and continues to gamble. He has been a compulsive gambler.
  • Bin Laden's inveterate intolerance of any other religion than Islam led to his planning the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York. The loss of life and property there has not changed his fanaticism.
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