Definition of intemperate
: not temperate intemperate criticism; especially : given to excessive use of intoxicating liquors
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Examples of intemperate in a Sentence
intemperate anger that is so extreme that the man should be in therapy
a serious course in wine appreciation that does not welcome intemperate drinkers and party animals
Recent Examples of intemperate from the Web
Anyone wanting to remove him better have more than Jim Comey’s firing or Trump’s own ill-advised and intemperate comments to justify it.
And the news media can’t resist covering every intemperate tweet.
Within the Cabinet Room on Monday, there was an unspoken understanding among all the president’s men (and four women) that the nation’s intemperate chief executive is fundamentally unwell, and in need of constant assurance.
To him, Mr. Comey’s steady, detailed delivery made Mr. Trump’s shoot-from-the-phone Twitter habit seem especially intemperate and cavalier.
Lamentably, much of the solemnity of the day has given way to binge shopping, barbecues and, to put it bluntly, often intemperate consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Leaders like Pelosi are wary of looking intemperate and jeopardizing the prospects for Democrats in moderate districts or places where Trump won lots of votes.
Clarke’s embrace of Trump’s politics — and of Trump’s intemperate rhetorical style — earned him a speaking slot at the Republican convention last year.
Certainly running as a check on an intemperate president is a good place for Democrats to be.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
INTEMPERATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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