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[in-tem-per-uh ns, -pruh ns] /ɪnˈtɛm pər əns, -prəns/
excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
excessive indulgence of appetite or passion.
lack of moderation or due restraint, as in action or speech.
an act or instance of any of these:
a long series of intemperances.
Origin of intemperance
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word intemperantia. See in-3, temperance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Which speaks of an intemperance in the splenetic parenchyma; that is to say, the spleen.

  • The bed of enjoyment succeeded to the board of intemperance.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • As for Matta, he was severely reprimanded for the intemperance of his tongue.

  • Then no intemperance or madness should be allowed to approach true love?

    The Republic Plato
  • You have come to gamble, and your gambling is attended by every form of intemperance and immorality.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The horrors of intemperance have never been fully portrayed.

  • Yet the plague continued, fed by the ignorance and intemperance of the people.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • And what lives have been lost through the intemperance of captains and crews!

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • A teacher may also, at any time, be dismissed for intemperance or any immoral conduct.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • The evil of intemperance has been exhibited in its complicated horrors.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
Word Origin and History for intemperance

early 15c., from Middle French intemperance (14c.), from Latin intemperantia "intemperateness, immoderation, excess," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + temperantia (see temperance). Originally of climate; meaning "lack of moderation" in English is from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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