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sober

(sō′bər)
adj. sober·er, sober·est
1. Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
2. Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants: a former addict who has been sober for 10 years.

so′ber·ly adv.
so′ber·ness n.

sober

(sō′bĕr) [L. sobrius, not drunk, sober]
1. Not intoxicated by alcohol or psychoactive drugs, including recreational drugs.
2. Habitually moderate or temperate, esp. regarding alcohol.
3. Quiet and serious in behavior.
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The villas are not budget accommodation by any means, but then again they're not small if you're sharing the cost with friends - soberingly, mine was larger than my flat back home.
When the two are compared, it becomes soberingly clear that initial rapidly rising turnover is not an indication that an agile SME will quickly become a world-class business.
A soberingly large percentage of surnames in Volume XV are Scottish; entries for people whose surnames begin with "Mac" or "Mc" alone account for more than seven percent of the page total.
Soberingly enough, the easy part of the schedule is behind the Oregon men's basketball team now.
Tightly plotted and expertly played by a superb ensemble cast (Harris particularly good), given what looks like a prolonged Yankee cowboy presence in Iraq, it's even more soberingly scary than it is caustically amusing.
It was a defiant message that Celtic will fight to the finish to keep their title, although soberingly they remain 10 points behind Rangers with only nine games to play.
It is an uplifting and soberingly honest documentary which follows a group of high school seniors through their last year of school, chronicling all the ups and downs of kids on the brink of adulthood.
And, yes, the Washington trip - soberingly difficult now - looms for Oregon in a couple of weeks.
It's a lesson Brazil has learned the hard way and still failed to address, but also a cautionary tale of political shortsightedness equally soberingly relevant to inner cities and urban estates from Los Angeles to North Peckham.