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Word: sober

Definition: serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: make or become sober


Sentences Containing 'sober'

"The object of a company commander," wrote Wilson, "is to promote temperance, to make his men sober, and keep them in good physical and moral health.
A sober and parsimonious people, who are strangers to all such projects, do not feel that they have occasion for any such concealment.
As my intentions are good, so have they had the good fortune to meet with approbation from the sober and substantial part of mankind; as for the vicious and vagabond, their ill-will is my ambition.
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
But could it be possible that any sober harpooneer would get into a door mat, and parade the streets of any Christian town in that sort of guise?
But if the tax were to be paid by purchasing a licence to drink those liquors, the sober would, in proportion to his consumption, be taxed much more heavily than the drunken consumer.
But quitting all these unprofessional attempts, let us glance at those pictures of leviathan purporting to be sober, scientific delineations, by those who know.
By whom such indecencies are daily acted, even in our open streets, as are very offensive to the eyes and ears of all sober persons, and even abominable in a Christian country.
Carton, who smelt of port wine, and did not appear to be quite sober, laughed then, and turned to Darnay:``This is a strange chance that throws you and me together.
Coming into Canterbury, I loitered through the old streets with a sober pleasure that calmed my spirits, and eased my heart.
Don't let your sober face elate you, however; you don't know what it may come to.
Gernsback experimented with a more sober cover for the September 1928 issue, but it sold poorly, and so the lurid covers continued.
He has been sober from drugs and alcohol since 2002.
He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around.
He's the best naturedest old fool in Arkansaw--never hurt nobody, drunk nor sober."
I am happy to see, M. Beauchamp, that you are more sober than he was.''
I don't mean the kind of sober that comes of leaving liquor alone not that.
I would fain keep sober always; and there are infinite degrees of drunkenness.
In 1988, Ryan had a small role in "Clean and Sober", starring Michael Keaton; she and Keaton had a widely reported affair in the late 80's.
It is not about ordinary petty matters, believe it, that all our strife and contention is, but whether, with the vulgar, we should be mad, or by the help of philosophy wise and sober, said he.
It is the sober and industrious poor who generally bring up the most numerous families, and who principally supply the demand for useful labour.
Late in his life he became a sober vegetarian.
Like other dwellers in the south, he was a man of sober habits and moderate desires, but fond of external show, vain, and addicted to display.
No, thought I, there must be some sober reason for this thing; furthermore, it must symbolize something unseen.
O dear friends, peace be with you, and may this madness that is taking us away from you, turned into sober sense, bring us back to you."
Perhaps by the time you return to Paris, I shall be quite a sober, staid father of a family!
Rutherford said he can produce several people who can testify that Vick was perfectly sober when he left the restaurant.
She had taken them out now, to adapt herself, I suppose, to the altered character of the house; and wore but one or two disconsolate bows of sober brown.
She returns from rehab for Brad's funeral and she reveals she has become sober.
So far from the fifth to current season, Martin has remained sober and committed to his work.
So here was the novelty of a king without a keeper, an absolute monarch who was absolute in sober truth and not by a fiction of words.
Sober people, who will give for the use of money no more than a part of what they are likely to make by the use of it, would not venture into the competition.
The crowd looked mighty sober; nobody stirred, and there warn't no more laughing.
The first person whom I saw, to my surprise, by the sober light of the shaded lamp, was Uriah.
The mountain also represents the opposite of Castorp's home, the sober, business-like and (for Joachim Ziemssen) mortal "flatland."
The sober and frugal debtors of private persons, on the contrary, would be more likely to employ the money borrowed in sober undertakings which were proportioned to their capitals, and which, though they might have less of the grand and the marvellous, would have more of the solid and the profitable; which would repay with a large profit whatever had been laid out upon them, and which would thus afford a fund capable of maintaining a much greater quantity of labour than that which had been employed about them.
The sober whitewashed exterior we see today was done many decades later.
The story was so fantastic and incredible, the telling so credible and sober.
Then he delivered to the escort, drunk and sober, a receipt for the escorted, and requested him to dismount.
These Doctors' Commons fellows are the gayest men in town, I believe, and beat us sober Oxford people all to nothing!'
These terms were initially controversial as critics voiced anger that residents did not have to stay sober.
They are mostly a formal and sober elaboration of carefully considered themes, and contain little beauty and less feeling.
This warmth is contrasted by the sober and dull brown upper background, which serves to off-set the splendor of the sitter.
We made that small house ring with boisterous mirth and resound with the murmur of much sober talk, making amends then to Walden vale for the long silences.
Well, it WAS pap, sure enough--and sober, too, by the way he laid his oars.
When he was sober he used to be fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would make me his representative both with the servants and with the tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite master of the house.
When profits are high, that sober virtue seems to be superfluous, and expensive luxury to suit better the affluence of his situation.
Where the legal rate of interest, on the contrary, is fixed but a very little above the lowest market rate, sober people are universally preferred, as borrowers, to prodigals and projectors.
You come to give me the benefit of your sober judgement at a most opportune time.
`Everybody was sober and down in the mouth all day.

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