AskDefine | Define intoxication

Dictionary Definition



1 the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance [syn: poisoning, toxic condition]
2 a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol [syn: drunkenness, inebriation, inebriety, tipsiness] [ant: soberness]
3 excitement and elation beyond the bounds of sobriety; "the intoxication of wealth and power"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A poisoning, as by a spirituous or a narcotic substance.
  2. The state of being intoxicated or drunk; inebriation; ebriety; drunkenness; the act of intoxicating or making drunk.
  3. A high excitement of mind; an elation which rises to enthusiasm, frenzy, or madness.



Extensive Definition

Intoxication is the state of being affected by one or more psychoactive drugs. It can also refer to the effects caused by the ingestion of poison or by the overconsumption of normally harmless substances.
Some types of intoxication: Intoxication can cause a state of mind that remains once the person is no longer intoxicated that can be used as a legal defense:
intoxication in Danish: Rus
intoxication in German: Rausch
intoxication in Spanish: Intoxicación
intoxication in French: Intoxication
intoxication in Korean: 음주
intoxication in Italian: Intossicazione
intoxication in Dutch: High (toestand)
intoxication in Japanese: High
intoxication in Portuguese: Intoxicação
intoxication in Finnish: Päihtymys
intoxication in Swedish: Förgiftning

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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