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intemperate

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adjective in·tem·per·ate \-p(ə-)rət\

Simple Definition of intemperate

  • : having extreme conditions

  • : having or showing a lack of emotional calmness or control

  • : often drinking too much alcohol

Full Definition of intemperate

  1. :  not temperate <intemperate criticism>; especially :  given to excessive use of intoxicating liquors

in·tem·per·ate·ly adverb
in·tem·per·ate·ness noun

Examples of intemperate

  1. <intemperate anger that is so extreme that the man should be in therapy>

  2. <a serious course in wine appreciation that does not welcome intemperate drinkers and party animals>



Origin of intemperate

Middle English intemperat, from Latin intemperatus, from in- + temperatus, past participle of temperare to temper


First Known Use: 14th century



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