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adjective im·mod·er·ate \-d(ə-)rət\

: going beyond reasonable limits : not moderate

Full Definition of IMMODERATE

:  exceeding just, usual, or suitable bounds <immoderate pride> <an immoderate appetite>
im·mod·er·ate·ly adverb
im·mod·er·ate·ness noun
im·mod·er·a·tion \(ˌ)i-ˌmä-də-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of IMMODERATE

  1. <the young widow remarried with what was regarded as immoderate haste by most observers>


Middle English immoderat, from Latin immoderatus, from in- + moderatus, past participle of moderare to moderate
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of IMMODERATE

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable <excessive punishment>. immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint <immoderate spending>. inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment <inordinate pride>. extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste <extravagant claims for the product>. exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree <exorbitant prices>. extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree <extreme shyness>.


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