Inveterate vs invertebrate

Inveterate and invertebrate are two words that are very close in spelling and pronunciation, but mean different things. We will examine the definitions of the words inveterate and invertebrate, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Inveterate means to practice a long-standing habit that is not likely to end any time soon, to indulge an interest that is deeply rooted or ingrained. Inveterate is an adjective, related words are inveterately, inveterate. The word inveterate is derived from the Latin word inveteratus which means long-standing or chronic.

Invertebrate describes an animal that lacks a backbone, such as a jellyfish, snail or fly. Invertebrates actually make up ninety-five percent of the animal kingdom. Invertebrate may be used as a noun or an adjective, the plural form is invertebrates. The word invertebrate was coined in 1819, from the word vertebrate which is derived from the Latin word vertebra which means joint or spine joint, and the prefix in- which means not. Animals that have a spine or a backbone are known as vertebrates.


(As the inventor of a corned beet sandwich — that is not a typo — and an inveterate maker of beet tartares and risottos, he qualifies as New York City’s beet maven.) (The New York Times)

Steve Bannon is an inveterate xenophobe whose involvement in politics, in any normal universe, would be limited to diligently penning and publishing dumb blogs that get cross-posted to Stormfront message boards with alarming frequency. (GQ Magazine)

In the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a warm summer in January 2002 contributed to record melt and re-arranged the composition of invertebrate communities, such as nematodes and tardigrades, or “water bears” that live there, establishing dominance among water-thriving creatures. (The Augusta Freepress)

At the end of it all, the team of expert taxonomists, crack biologists, and keeners willing to rise at 4:30 a.m. to catch the lowest tides had collected and identified about 1,300 marine invertebrate species, approximately one-third of the known marine invertebrate diversity in the northeast Pacific region. (Hakai Magazine)

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