intemperance

[in-tem-per-uhns, -pruhns]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin intemperantia. See in-3, temperance

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intemperate (ɪnˈtɛmpərɪt, -prɪt)
 
adj
1.  consuming alcoholic drink habitually or to excess
2.  indulging bodily appetites to excess; immoderate
3.  unrestrained: intemperate rage
4.  extreme or severe: an intemperate climate
 
in'temperance
 
n
 
in'temperateness
 
n
 
in'temperately
 
adv

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Example sentences
There is in their actions every evidence of intemperance.
Because of ignorance or intemperance, lack of willpower or brainpower, people choose badly.
It behooves him to throw us off the scent now by accusing me of intemperance.
All applicants must be of good moral character, clean habits and free from evidence of intemperance.
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