Etymology
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sobriety (n.)

c. 1400, "moderation in indulgence," from Old French sobriete "sobriety, moderation" (Modern French sobrieté) or directly from Latin sobrietatem (nominative sobrietas), from sobrius (see sober (adj.)). Meaning "steadiness, gravity" is recorded from 1540s.

updated on October 25, 2013

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Definitions of sobriety from WordNet

sobriety (n.)
the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol;
Synonyms: soberness
sobriety (n.)
moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs;
Synonyms: dryness
sobriety (n.)
a manner that is serious and solemn;
Synonyms: graveness / gravity / soberness / somberness / sombreness
sobriety (n.)
abstaining from excess;
Synonyms: temperance
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