(So"ber-mind`ed) a. Having a disposition or temper habitually sober. So"ber- mind`ed*ness,
(So"ber*ness), n. The quality or state of being sober.
(Sob"o*les) n. [L., a short.] (Bot.) (a) A shoot running along under ground, forming new
plants at short distances. (b) A sucker, as of tree or shrub.
(Sob`o*lif"er*ous) a. [L. soboles + -ferous.] (Bot.) Producing soboles. See Illust. of
(So*bri"e*ty) n. [L. sobrietas: cf. F. sobriété. See Sober.]
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,Denham.
Nor sobriety sad.
Syn. Soberness; temperance; abstinence; abstemiousness; moderation; regularity; steadness; calmness; coolness; sober-
mindeness; sedateness; staidness; gravity; seriousness; solemnity.
(||So`bri`quet") n.[F. sobriquet, OF. soubzbriquet, soubriquet, a chuck under the chin, hence,
an affront, a nickname; of uncertain origin; cf. It. sottobecco a chuck under the chin.] An assumed
name; a fanciful epithet or appellation; a nickname. [Sometimes less correctly written soubriquet.]
(Soc) n. [AS. soc the power of holding court, sway, domain, properly, the right of investigating
or seeking; akin to E. sake, seek. Sake, Seek, and cf. Sac, and Soke.] [Written also sock, and
1. (O. Eng. Law) (a) The lord's power or privilege of holding a court in a district, as in manor or lordship; jurisdiction
of causes, and the limits of that jurisdiction. (b) Liberty or privilege of tenants excused from customary
2. An exclusive privilege formerly claimed by millers of grinding all the corn used within the manor or
township which the mill stands. [Eng.]
Soc and sac (O. Eng. Law), the full right of administering justice in a manor or lordship.
(Soc"age) n.[From Soc; cf. LL. socagium.] (O.Eng. Law) A tenure of lands and tenements by
a certain or determinate service; a tenure distinct from chivalry or knight's service, in which the obligations
were uncertain. The service must be certain, in order to be denominated socage, as to hold by fealty
and twenty shillings rent. [Written also soccage.]
Socage is of two kinds; free socage, where the services are not only certain, but honorable; and villein
socage, where the services, though certain, are of a baser nature. Blackstone.
(Soc"a*ger) n. (O. Eng. Law) A tennant by socage; a socman.
(So"-called`) a. So named; called by such a name (but perhaps called thus with doubtful propriety).
(So`cia*bil"i*ty) n.[Cf. F. sociabilité.] The quality of being sociable; sociableness.