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 for sober
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sober \Sober\, a. [Compar. Soberer; superl. Soberest.] [OE.
     sobre, F. sobre, from L. sobrius, probably from a prefix so-
     expressing separation + ebrius drunken. Cf. Ebriety.]
     1. Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually
        temperate; as, a sober man.
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              That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and
              sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name. --Bk. of
                                                    Com. Prayer.
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     2. Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the
        sot may at times be sober.
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     3. Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with
        passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason;
        self-controlled; self-possessed.
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              There was not a sober person to be had; all was
              tempestuous and blustering. --Druden.
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              No sober man would put himself into danger for the
              applause of escaping without breaking his neck.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as,
        sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.
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     5. Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or
        color; solemn; grave; sedate.
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              What parts gay France from sober Spain? --Prior.
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              See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed
              baby.                                 --Pope.
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              Twilight gray
              Had in her sober livery all things clad. --Milton.
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     Syn: Grave; temperate; abstinent; abstemious; moderate;
          regular; steady; calm; quiet; cool; collected;
          dispassionate; unimpassioned; sedate; staid; serious;
          solemn; somber. See Grave.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sober \So"ber\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sobered; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sobering.]
     To make sober.
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           There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
           And drinking largely sobers us again.    --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sober \So"ber\, v. i.
     To become sober; -- often with down.
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           Vance gradually sobered down.            --Ld. Lytton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sober
      adj 1: not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
             [ant: drunk, inebriated, intoxicated]
      2: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to
         keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate
         nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the
         judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence" [syn: grave,
         sedate, sober, solemn]
      3: lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains";
         "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"
         [syn: drab, sober, somber, sombre]
      4: completely lacking in playfulness [syn: unplayful,
         serious, sober] [ant: playful]
      v 1: cause to become sober; "A sobering thought"
      2: become more realistic; "After thinking about the potential
         consequences of his plan, he sobered up" [syn: sober up,
         sober]
      3: become sober after excessive alcohol consumption; "Keep him
         in bed until he sobers up" [syn: sober up, sober]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  298 Moby Thesaurus words for "sober":
     Quaker-colored, Spartan, abstaining, abstentious, abstinent, acier,
     aristocratic, ascetic, ashen, ashy, august, austere, awe-inspiring,
     balanced, bald, bare, blackish, bland, calm, candid, canescent,
     cinereous, cinerous, cogitative, cognitive, cold sober, collected,
     colorless, common, commonplace, commonsense, composed,
     concentrating, concentrative, conceptive, conceptual,
     conceptualized, constrained, contemplating, contemplative,
     continent, controlled, cool, coolheaded, courtly, creamy, dapple,
     dapple-gray, dappled, dappled-gray, dark, dark-colored, darkish,
     darksome, decorous, deliberating, deliberative, delicate, demure,
     detoxify, dignified, dingy, direct, disciplined, dismal,
     dispassionate, dove-colored, dove-gray, down-to-earth, drab,
     dreary, dry, dull, dusk, dusky, dusty, earnest, eggshell,
     eschewing, excogitating, fatal, fateful, flat, forbearing,
     forgoing, formal, formidable, frank, frowning, frugal, funereal,
     gentle, glaucescent, glaucous, gloss, grand, grave, gray,
     gray-black, gray-brown, gray-colored, gray-drab, gray-green,
     gray-spotted, gray-toned, gray-white, grayed, grayish, grim,
     grim-faced, grim-visaged, griseous, grizzle, grizzled, grizzly,
     hard, hard-boiled, hardheaded, heavy, homely, homespun, ideative,
     imperturbable, imposing, inhibited, introspective, iridescent,
     iron-gray, judicious, kingly, lead-gray, leaden, lean,
     level-headed, levelheaded, light, livid, logical, long-faced,
     lordly, low-key, magisterial, majestic, matter-of-fact, measured,
     meditating, meditative, mellow, mental, mild, mild as milk,
     moderate, mother-of-pearl, mouse-colored, mouse-gray, mousy,
     museful, musing, nacreous, natural, neat, neutral, nigrescent,
     no-nonsense, noble, noetic, nonviolent, opalescent, open,
     pacifistic, pale, pastel, patinaed, peaceable, peaceful, pearl,
     pearl-gray, pearly, pensive, philosophical, placid, plain,
     plain-speaking, plain-spoken, pondering, portentous, practical,
     pragmatic, prehensive, princely, proper, prosaic, prosing, prosy,
     prudent, pure, queenly, quiet, rational, realistic, reasonable,
     recover, reflecting, reflective, refraining, regal, repressed,
     reserved, restrained, royal, ruminant, ruminating, ruminative,
     rustic, sad, sane, sedate, self-controlled, self-disciplined,
     self-possessed, semigloss, sensible, serene, serious, severe,
     silver, silver-gray, silvered, silvery, simple, simple-speaking,
     slate-colored, slaty, smoke-gray, smoky, sober-minded, sobersided,
     soft, soft-colored, soft-hued, softened, solemn, somber, sombrous,
     sound, spare, sparing, speculative, staid, stark, stately,
     statuesque, steady, steel-gray, steely, stinting, stone-colored,
     stone-faced, straight-faced, straightforward, subdued, subtle,
     swart, swarthy, sweet, tame, taupe, teetotal, temperate, tender,
     thinking, thought, thoughtful, together, tranquil, unadorned,
     unaffected, undrunk, undrunken, unexcited, unflustered,
     unidealistic, unimaginative, unimpassioned, uninebriate,
     uninebrious, unintoxicated, unperturbed, unpoetical, unruffled,
     unsmiling, untipsy, unvarnished, venerable, weighty, well-balanced,
     wistful, worthy
  
  

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