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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of inveterare 'to get old', from vetus 'old'

inveterate

adjective
     
in‧vet‧e‧rate [only before noun] written
1

inveterate liar/smoker/womanizer etc

someone who lies a lot, smokes a lot etc and cannot stop
2

inveterate fondness/distrust/hatred etc

an attitude or feeling that you have had for a long time and cannot change

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