intemperate


in·tem·per·ate

adjective \-p(ə-)rət\

: having extreme conditions

: having or showing a lack of emotional calmness or control

: often drinking too much alcohol

Full Definition of INTEMPERATE

:  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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