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intemperate

[in-tem-per-it, -prit] /ɪnˈtɛm pər ɪt, -prɪt/
adjective
1.
given to or characterized by excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
2.
immoderate in indulgence of appetite or passion.
3.
not temperate; unrestrained; unbridled.
4.
extreme in temperature, as climate.
Origin of intemperate
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word intemperātus. See in-3, temperate
Related forms
intemperately, adverb
intemperateness, noun
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Examples from the Web for intemperate
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  • Who is that intemperate and brutal man whom we would redeem?

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • 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 Plato
  • And the pleasures of the temperate exceed the pains, while the pains of the intemperate exceed the pleasures.

    Laws Plato
  • With what intemperate eagerness would the people flock to see it!

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for intemperate

intemperate

/ɪnˈtɛmpərɪt; -prɪt/
adjective
1.
consuming alcoholic drink habitually or to excess
2.
indulging bodily appetites to excess; immoderate
3.
unrestrained: intemperate rage
4.
extreme or severe: an intemperate climate
Derived Forms
intemperance, intemperateness, noun
intemperately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intemperate
adj.

"characterized by excessive indulgence in a passion or appetite," late 14c., from Latin intemperatus "untempered, inclement, immoderate," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + temperantia (see temperance). Related: Intemperately.

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