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Teetotaller vs. Sober

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Teetotallernoun

a total abstainer

Soberadjective

not drunk; not intoxicated

Soberadjective

not given to excessive drinking of alcohol

Soberadjective

moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled

Soberadjective

dull; not bright or colorful

Soberadjective

subdued; solemn; grave

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Soberadjective

(Scotland) poor; feeble

Soberverb

(often with up) To make or become sober.

Soberverb

(often with up) To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.

‘It took him hours to sober up.’;

Soberverb

To moderate one's feelings

Soberadjective

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.’;

Soberadjective

Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober.

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Soberadjective

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.’;

Soberadjective

Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.

Soberadjective

Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate.

‘What parts gay France from sober Spain?’; ‘See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby.’; ‘Twilight grayHad in her sober livery all things clad.’;

Soberverb

To make sober.

‘There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,And drinking largely sobers us again.’;

Soberverb

To become sober; - often with down.

‘Vance gradually sobered down.’;

Soberverb

cause to become sober;

‘A sobering thought’;

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Soberverb

become more realistic;

‘After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up’;

Soberverb

become sober after excessive alcohol consumption;

‘Keep him in bed until he sobers up’;

Soberadjective

not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

Soberadjective

dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises;

‘a grave God-fearing man’; ‘a quiet sedate nature’; ‘as sober as a judge’; ‘a solemn promise’; ‘the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence’;

Soberadjective

lacking brightness or color; dull;

‘drab faded curtains’; ‘sober Puritan gray’; ‘children in somber brown clothes’;

Soberadjective

completely lacking in playfulness

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