- (of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
- not kind or merciful.
Origin of inclement
Examples from the Web for inclemency
We were in a wigwam, which afforded us but miserable shelter from the inclemency of the season.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
John Mangles bore him company, and endured with him the inclemency of the weather.In Search of the Castaways
This gloom, and the inclemency of the weather, added to the young painter's depression.Caught In The Net
The post-boys were exposed to all the inclemency of the weather both by day and night.A Hundred Years by Post
J. Wilson Hyde
What were rain and cold, the inclemency of the elements to them?The Inside of the Cup, Complete
- (of weather) stormy, severe, or tempestuous
- harsh, severe, or merciless
Word Origin and History for inclemency
1550s, from Middle French inclémence and directly from Latin inclementia "rigor, harshness, roughness," from inclemens (see inclement).
1660s, from French inclément and directly from Latin inclementem (nominative inclemens) "harsh, unmerciful," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + clementem "mild, placid." "Limitation to weather is curious" [Weekley].