in·​tem·​per·​ance | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce intemperance (audio) \

Definition of intemperance

: lack of moderation especially : habitual or excessive drinking of intoxicants

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Examples of intemperance in a Sentence

in his harangue on the perils of drink, the prohibitionist claimed that intemperance has always been the number one destroyer of marriages there's a wearisome intemperance in his verbal attacks against any and all who dare to disagree with him
Recent Examples on the Web In a situation that forbids explicit expressions of intemperance or protest, mischief is the perfect solution. New York Times, 7 June 2022 Her attention to the vibrancy of our inner lives and to the barbed pleasure of sentimental intemperance has lately become more explicit. Rachelvoronacote, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 The intemperance alienated some suffragists, and by 1875, when Anthony drafted the amendment that would bear her name, the movement had split. USA Today, 26 Feb. 2020 Acton, whose Catholicism shaped every facet of his thought and work, identified this excess with a certain kind of Protestant intemperance. Yuval Levin, National Review, 31 Dec. 2019 Fifty years of putting up with discrimination, hatred and intemperance. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 1 July 2019 But that was the 1980s and 1990s, and nothing had prepared him for the intemperance of the night. Bradley Hope, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2018 But the most interesting response has been from Brennan allies warning him that his intemperance may be backfiring. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2018 Perhaps due to such intemperance, his 2003 campaign to become a WTO jurist was rebuffed. Greg Rushford, WSJ, 4 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of intemperance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Intemperance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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in·​tem·​per·​ance | \ in-ˈtem-pə-rəns How to pronounce intemperance (audio) \

Kids Definition of intemperance

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


in·​tem·​per·​ance | \ (ˈ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce intemperance (audio) \

Medical Definition of intemperance

: lack of moderation especially : habitual or excessive drinking of intoxicants

Other Words from intemperance

intemperate \ -​p(ə-​)rət How to pronounce intemperance (audio) \ adjective

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