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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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I have to confess that my more serious research into letter equivalents was done in the soberness of daytime, and with a few looks into reference works.
Other major virtues and vices are projected: Chastity fights Lust, Long-Suffering fights Wrath, Lowliness and Hope fight Pride, Soberness fights Indulgence, Reason and Good Works fight Greed.
A revitalized soberness, urged on by the tragic events of 9/11, is slowly gaining impetus.
One finds a certain reservation and soberness among those who have
The necessary performance supporting this "racy" style becomes clear when one imagines, as biographer Katherine Frank does, the effect of a Kingsley lecture when delivered with the soberness of a staid professional society member--as was the case on occasion.
Stunned soberness was on their faces that morning, and they instantly understood the grim irony of the first slide they saw when I continued my lecture.
It is even possible an Australian soberness shielded me from the seemingly irreparable verbal bruises English ears sustained from him.
Adding the constitutional dimension imposed a set of standards and procedures embedded in the founding document, indicating the soberness and solemnity with which the framers wanted this to be handled, rather than to leave the process to the whims of history.
With both humor and soberness, the posters, films, and Web sites entered in this year's multimedia competition tackled topics from computer security to fire and occupational safety.
But the occasion asks for a celebration song, / while the curry and rice still flows, / and soberness hangs by a thread, / as the bass pumps out in the dancehall.
There's a soberness about one-color printing that says "no-non-sense" in terms of budget, purpose and sincerity.