- given to or characterized by excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
- immoderate in indulgence of appetite or passion.
- not temperate; unrestrained; unbridled.
- extreme in temperature, as climate.
Origin of intemperate
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Examples from the Web for intemperate
It means “them,” the 18- and 19-year-old volunteers who take on the brunt of our intemperate, accountability-free military policy.The 1 Percent Army: Andrew Bacevich on How America Lost the Military
September 16, 2013
His conduct is boorish and intemperate; his views are anachronistic and absurd; his moral authority is zilch.Remove a Stain on the Supreme Court by Impeaching Justice Scalia
David R. Dow
December 14, 2012
But in so doing he appeared to be either forgetful of or intemperate towards a sizeable chunk of his own governing coalition.Spare a Thought for Bibi’s Medievalists
September 28, 2012
He is often intemperate in tone—Morris "heaps deceit upon deceit"—which almost always is a sign of a weak argument.A Response to Daniel Levy
April 17, 2012
Indeed, the Republicans reaction to Immelt's appointment was both unconstructive and intemperate.Obama's Entrepreneur Problem
January 23, 2011
Who is that intemperate and brutal man whom we would redeem?Mountain Meditations
He was of intemperate habits, and beat his wife on little provocation.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Well, but is a just man the friend of the unjust, or the temperate of the intemperate, or the good of the bad?Lysis
And the pleasures of the temperate exceed the pains, while the pains of the intemperate exceed the pleasures.Laws
With what intemperate eagerness would the people flock to see it!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- consuming alcoholic drink habitually or to excess
- indulging bodily appetites to excess; immoderate
- unrestrainedintemperate rage
- extreme or severean intemperate climate
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Word Origin and History for intemperate
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