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inveterate

  
  
If you describe someone as, for example, an inveterate liar or smoker, you mean that they have lied or smoked for a long time and are not likely to stop doing it.      adj   ADJ n  
...an inveterate gambler.     
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inveterate

  
  
chronic, confirmed, deep-dyed     (usually derogatory)   deep-rooted, deep-seated, dyed-in-the-wool, entrenched, established, habitual, hard-core, hardened, incorrigible, incurable, ineradicable, ingrained, long-standing, obstinate  

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