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intemperance

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noun in·tem·per·ance \(ˌ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s\

Definition of intemperance

  1. :  lack of moderation; especially :  habitual or excessive drinking of intoxicants



Examples of intemperance in a sentence

  1. <in his harangue on the perils of drink, the prohibitionist claimed that intemperance has always been the number one destroyer of marriages>

  2. <there's a wearisome intemperance in his verbal attacks against any and all who dare to disagree with him>



15th Century

First Known Use of intemperance

15th century


INTEMPERANCE Defined for Kids

intemperance

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noun in·tem·per·ance \in-ˈtem-pə-rəns\

Definition of intemperance for Students

  1. :  lack of self-control (as in satisfying an appetite)




Medical Dictionary

intemperance

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noun in·tem·per·ance \(ˈ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s\

Medical Definition of intemperance

  1. :  lack of moderation; especially :  habitual or excessive drinking of intoxicants

intemperate \-p(ə-)rət\play adjective




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