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[in-tem-per-it, -prit] /ɪnˈtɛm pər ɪt, -prɪt/
given to or characterized by excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
immoderate in indulgence of appetite or passion.
not temperate; unrestrained; unbridled.
extreme in temperature, as climate.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin intemperātus. See in-3, temperate
Related forms
intemperately, adverb
intemperateness, noun Unabridged
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  • The wile of deceased testified that her husband had been of intemperate habits for some years and had neglected his business.
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  • May he long keep his cool and defend us from the intemperate heat of the mindless.
  • His infractions included conduct unbecoming an officer, using intemperate language and being drunk on duty.
  • The fear is that she's too reckless, too divisive and too intemperate to be an effective president.
  • His language could be pretty intemperate-and over-the-top, as it was during some of his early campaigns.
  • It was exuberant and intemperate, given to both languor and excess.
  • Strong currents and intemperate weather often combine with natural hazards to make treacherous crossings.
British Dictionary definitions for intemperate


/ɪnˈtɛmpərɪt; -prɪt/
consuming alcoholic drink habitually or to excess
indulging bodily appetites to excess; immoderate
unrestrained: intemperate rage
extreme or severe: an intemperate climate
Derived Forms
intemperance, intemperateness, noun
intemperately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intemperate

"characterized by excessive indulgence in a passion or appetite," late 14c., from Latin intemperatus "untempered, inclement, immoderate," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + temperantia (see temperance). Related: Intemperately.

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