AskDefine | Define chronic

Dictionary Definition

chronic adj
1 being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid" [ant: acute]
2 having a habit of long standing; "a chronic smoker" [syn: confirmed, habitual, inveterate(a)]

User Contributed Dictionary



From chronical < chronique < chronicus < | < sc=polytonic.



  1. In the context of "of a problem": That which continues over an extended period of time, often associated with suffering ("long suffering").
  2. Prolonged or slow to heal. The opposite of acute.
  3. A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a worsening condition (a condition which gets worse with each recurrence), though this definition is not inherent in the term.
  4. Inveterate or habitual.
    a chronic smoker
  5. Very bad, awful.
    that concert was chronic
  6. Extremely serious.
    they left him in a chronic condition



that which continues over an extended period of time
  • French: chronique
  • Italian: cronico
  • Japanese: 慢性的な
medical: condition of extended duration
  • Chinese: 慢性
  • Czech: chronický
  • French: chronique
  • Italian: cronico
  • Japanese: 慢性的な
inveterate or habitual
  • French: chronique
  • Italian: cronico
  • Japanese: 慢性的な


  1. Marijuana, typically of high quality.


Extensive Definition

Chronic may refer to:

See also

chronic in French: Chronique
chronic in Indonesian: Kronik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abiding, accepted, accustomed, age-long, aged, ancient, antique, confirmed, constant, continuing, customary, deep-dyed, deep-fixed, deep-rooted, deep-seated, deep-set, deep-settled, diuturnal, durable, dyed-in-the-wool, enduring, established, evergreen, fast, fixed, habitual, habituated, hardened, hardy, immutable, implanted, incorrigible, inculcated, infixed, ingrained, instilled, intransient, inveterate, irreversible, lasting, lingering, long-established, long-lasting, long-lived, long-standing, long-term, longeval, longevous, macrobiotic, of long duration, of long standing, perdurable, perduring, perennial, permanent, perpetual, persistent, persisting, remaining, rooted, routine, sempervirent, set, settled, settled in habit, stable, staying, steadfast, thorough, tough, unfading, vital, wonted
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