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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SOBER

And Buck was just sober enough to perceive that he was being held lightly.

These questions, in her sober mood, weighed the others down.

The delusion has now vanished, and made room for sober reason and reflection.

Let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober.

But that bit about the sober gray eyes and the piquant chin Jane was responsible for.

Above all, because including all, the century will ask for men of sober mind.

The sober man is the one who protects his brain from all that would do it harm.

"Yes, you are right," she said in sober tones, after a moment.

She sat still a long time, with the sober look deepening on her face.

"I did think I'd go away for awhile," he said after a minute spent in sober thinking.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.

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