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intemperance

[in-tem-per-uh ns, -pruh ns] /ɪnˈtɛm pər əns, -prəns/
noun
1.
excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
2.
excessive indulgence of appetite or passion.
3.
lack of moderation or due restraint, as in action or speech.
4.
an act or instance of any of these:
a long series of intemperances.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin intemperantia. See in-3, temperance
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Word Origin and History for in temperance

intemperance

n.

early 15c., from Middle French intemperance (14c.), from Latin intemperantia "intemperateness, immoderation, excess," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + temperantia (see temperance). Originally of climate; meaning "lack of moderation" in English is from 1540s.

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