intemperate

adjective in·tem·per·ate \ (ˌ)in-ˈtem-p(ə-)rət \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of intemperate

:not temperate
  • intemperate criticism
; especially :given to excessive use of intoxicating liquors

intemperately

adverb

intemperateness

noun

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Examples of intemperate in a Sentence

  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

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Did You Know?

Intemperate means more or less "not well tempered"-and that definition also provides a clue about its origins. The word derives from Latin intemperatus, formed by combining "in-" with a form of the verb temperare, meaning "to temper" or "to mix." Both "intemperate" and its antonym "temperate" entered the English language in the 14th century. Other "temperare" words include "distemper," "temperament," "temperature," "temperance," and "temper" itself. Synonyms of "intemperate" in the sense of "not controlled" include "unbounded," "unbridled," "unrestrained," and "unchecked."

Origin and Etymology of intemperate

Middle English intemperat, from Latin intemperatus, from in- + temperatus, past participle of temperare to temper


INTEMPERATE Defined for English Language Learners

intemperate

adjective

Definition of intemperate for English Language Learners

  • : having extreme conditions

  • : having or showing a lack of emotional calmness or control

  • : often drinking too much alcohol


INTEMPERATE Defined for Kids

intemperate

adjective in·tem·per·ate \ in-ˈtem-pə-rət \

Definition of intemperate for Students

1 :not moderate or mild
  • intemperate weather
2 :having or showing a lack of self-control (as in the use of alcoholic beverages)


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