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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRUNKARDS

He's got a drunken father,—one of the meanest kind of drunkards.

All the shop laughed, even Madame Putois, who did not like drunkards.

Drunkards were already installed in the wineshops, squabbling and gesticulating.

They slept rudely, all their faces beaming with the fine innocence of drunkards.

The former were frequently in use for the correction of drunkards.

He associates with gamblers and drunkards, and soon becomes both.

They were not drunkards, but the cache had given them hopes of drinks.

From keeping company with drunkards, she had grown to be a drunkard herself.

Every night the child was awakened by the quarrels of the drunkards.

Nowhere does it seem to have gotten a hold on them, and there are no drunkards.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, droncarde, but probably older (attested from late 13c. as a surname, Druncard), from Middle English dronken, participial adjective from drunk (q.v.), + -ard.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.