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intoxicate

(ĭn-tŏk′sĭ-kāt′)
v. intoxi·cated, intoxi·cating, intoxi·cates
v.tr.
a. To impair the physical and mental faculties of (a person) by means of alcohol or a drug or other chemical substance: served strong cocktails that intoxicated all the guests.
b. To damage physiologically by means of a chemical substance; poison: birds that were intoxicated by pesticides.
v.intr.
To cause impairment, stimulation, or excitement by or as if by use of a chemical substance: "The notion of Holy War is showing that it has not yet lost all its power to intoxicate and to inflame" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).

in·tox′i·cat′ing·ly adv.
in·tox′i·ca′tive adj.
in·tox′i·ca′tor n.
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In the state of intoxication she was in, everything seemed simple and natural.
I had scarcely laid the first tier of the masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off.
Then the three traveling companions, acted upon by some unaccountable influence above that of intoxication, inflamed by the air which had set their respiratory apparatus on fire, fell motionless to the bottom of the projectile.
Similarly, though with a subtle difference, a species of fervour or intoxication, known, without doubt, to have led some persons to brave the guillotine unnecessarily, and to die by it, was not mere boastfulness, but a wild infection of the wildly shaken public mind.
She seemed, having shaken off the stupor of intoxication, to be striving to escape from her executioner.
But never mind; that sort of intoxication is not dangerous, and will have no bad effects."
Danglars saw in the muddled look of the tailor the progress of his intoxication, and turning towards Fernand, said, "Well, you understand there is no need to kill him."
"'Vladimir!' again she whispered in her intoxication, while her bosom heaved, her cheeks glowed, and her eyes flashed fire.
He could no more stir in her the emotions that make the sweet intoxication of young love than the mere picture of a sun can stir the spring sap in the subtle fibres of the plant.
This item of information was imparted to us by a most extraordinary individual, a genuine South-Sea vagabond, who came alongside of us in a whale-boat as soon as we entered the bay, and, by the aid of some benevolent persons at the gangway, was assisted on board, for our visitor was in that interesting stage of intoxication when a man is amiable and helpless.
On one occasion a son of Comcomly had been induced to drink freely at the factory, and went home in a state of intoxication, playing all kinds of mad pranks, until he sank into a stupor, in which he remained for two days.
C haque ete, et a pareille epoque de l'annee, le probleme d'intoxications alimentaires se pose avec acuite.