Sober

Definition of Sober

a.1.Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate; as, a sober man.
That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name.
- Bk. of Com. Prayer.
2.Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober.
3.Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason; self-controlled; self-possessed.
There was not a sober person to be had; all was tempestuous and blustering.
No sober man would put himself into danger for the applause of escaping without breaking his neck.
- Dryden.
4.Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.
5.Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate.
What parts gay France from sober Spain?
- Prior.
See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby.
- Pope.
Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad.
- Milton.
v. t.1.To make sober.
[imp. & p. p. Sobered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sobering.]
v. i.1.To become sober; - often with down.
Vance gradually sobered down.
- Ld. Lytton.

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