so·bri·ety /səˈbraɪəti, so-/
1. Habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors; as, a man of sobriety.
Public sobriety is a relative duty. --Blackstone.
2. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness; as, the sobriety of riper years.
Mirth makes them not mad,
Nor sobriety sad. --Denham.
Syn: -- Soberness; temperance; abstinence; abstemiousness; moderation; regularity; steadness; calmness; coolness; sober-mindeness; sedateness; staidness; gravity; seriousness; solemnity.
n 1: the state of being sober [syn: soberness] [ant: drunkenness]
2: moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or drugs
3: a manner that is serious and solemn [syn: graveness, gravity,
4: abstaining from excess [syn: temperance]