inebriate, n.

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Fri Apr 18 02:10:04 UTC 2014

Somewhat earlier (although with poetic license):

Master of the house!
Master and a half!
Comforter, philosopher
Don't make me laugh!
Servant to the poor, butler to the great
Hypocrite and toady and inebriate!

from Les Miserables, 'Master of the House', Mme Thenardier's stanzas. Opened in London on 8 October 1985.

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> Means "inebriating beverage; inebriant":

> 2003 Emmett Early _The War Veteran in Film_ (Jefferson, NC:
> McFarland) 176:
> She turns a desperate moral corner, dealing inebriates and erotic
> services.

> "Deal" appears to mean "deal in," and it sounds pretty weird to me in
> this
> context ("deals...erotic services"), even if obviously influenced by
> "deal
> drugs," which itself was once, shall we say, "nonstandard."

> JL

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