intemperance

noun in·tem·per·ance \ (ˌ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s \
|Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of intemperance

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

Examples of intemperance in a Sentence

  1. in his harangue on the perils of drink, the prohibitionist claimed that intemperance has always been the number one destroyer of marriages

  2. there's a wearisome intemperance in his verbal attacks against any and all who dare to disagree with him

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First Known Use of intemperance

15th century

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INTEMPERANCE Defined for Kids

intemperance

noun in·tem·per·ance \ in-ˈtem-pə-rəns \

Definition of intemperance for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

intemperance

noun in·tem·per·ance \ (ˈ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s \

medical Definition of intemperance

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

intemperate

play \-p(ə-)rət\ adjective


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