AskDefine | Define sobriety

Dictionary Definition



1 the state of being sober [syn: soberness] [ant: drunkenness]
2 moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or drugs
3 a manner that is serious and solemn [syn: graveness, gravity, soberness, somberness]
4 abstaining from excess [syn: temperance]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The quality or state of being sober.
  2. The quality or state of not being intoxicated.



quality or state of being sober
quality or state of not being intoxicated

Extensive Definition

Sobriety is solemn or dignified personal behaviour, in particular abstinence with regard to (typically) the consumption of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs. It is also sometimes applied to the figurative 'consumption' of pornography, video games, DVDs, CDs, books, and the like.
The common phrase clean and sober refers to both not taking illicit drugs ("clean") and not drinking alcohol ("sober").

Other uses

In neuro-linguistic programming, sobriety is the state of not acting out in an addiction.

See also

sobriety in German: Nüchternheit
sobriety in French: Sobriété
sobriety in Russian: Трезвость

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abnegation, abstemiousness, abstention, abstinence, augustness, balance, blackishness, calm, calmness, common sense, conservatism, constraint, contact with reality, continence, control, cool, cool head, coolheadedness, coolness, courtliness, darkishness, darkness, darksomeness, decorousness, demureness, denial, dignifiedness, dignity, dispassion, due sense of, duskiness, duskness, earnestness, evenness, forbearance, formality, frugality, funereality, gentleness, golden mean, good sense, grandeur, graveness, gravity, grimness, happy medium, healthy mind, horse sense, impartiality, judiciousness, juste-milieu, kingliness, lenity, level head, levelheadedness, loftiness, long face, lordliness, lucid interval, lucidity, majesty, meden agan, mental balance, mental equilibrium, mental health, mental hygiene, mental poise, middle way, mildness, moderateness, moderation, moderationism, neutrality, nobility, nonviolence, normalcy, normality, normalness, nothing in excess, pacifism, plain sense, practical mind, practical wisdom, practicality, pride of bearing, pride of place, princeliness, proud bearing, prudence, rationality, reason, reasonableness, regality, renouncement, renunciation, repose, restraint, right mind, sadness, sanemindedness, saneness, sanity, sedateness, self-abnegation, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-mastery, self-restraint, sense, senses, sensibleness, serenity, seriousness, sober senses, sober-mindedness, soberness, sobersidedness, sobersides, solemnity, solemnness, somberness, sophrosyne, sound mind, soundness, soundness of mind, stability, staidness, stateliness, steadiness, straight face, swarth, swarthiness, swartness, teetotalism, temperance, temperateness, thoughtfulness, tranquillity, unexcessiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness, venerability, via media, weightiness, wholesomeness, worthiness
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