inclemency

noun

in·​clem·​en·​cy (ˌ)in-ˈkle-mən(t)-sē How to pronounce inclemency (audio)
: the quality or state of being inclement

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lining up in inclement weather is part of barbecue culture, though more often the inclemency is of the blazingly hot variety—which forges a kind of bond with the pit masters, holding their lonely vigil over the flames. Jody Horton, Smithsonian, 23 Oct. 2019 Lightweight and compact enough to stuff in a backpack, the right windbreaker will be your insurance policy against any sudden inclemency. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, 18 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inclemency was in 1559

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“Inclemency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inclemency. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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