im·​mod·​er·​ate (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmä-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce immoderate (audio)
: exceeding just, usual, or suitable bounds
immoderate pride
an immoderate appetite
immoderately adverb
immoderateness noun
immoderation noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of immoderate in a Sentence

the young widow remarried with what was regarded as immoderate haste by most observers
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Word History


Middle English immoderat, from Latin immoderatus, from in- + moderatus, past participle of moderare to moderate

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immoderate was in the 14th century


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“Immoderate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


im·​mod·​er·​ate (ˈ)im-ˈ(m)äd-(ə-)rət How to pronounce immoderate (audio)
: going too far or asking too much : excessive
immoderately adverb

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