Definition of intemperate
- intemperate criticism
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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
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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."
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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