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[in-tem-per-it, -prit] /ɪnˈtɛm pər ɪt, -prɪt/
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
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word intemperātus. See in-3, temperate
Related forms
intemperately, adverb
intemperateness, noun Unabridged
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  • "Jes' cut loose from home an' mammy," he continued, intemperately.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • Then Rosie's vegetables were so very good, and so intemperately abundant!

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • As little, or rather less, am I able to coerce the people at large, who behaved very unwisely and intemperately on that occasion.

  • I became interested—I became agitated; in short, I found a new kind of stimulus, and I indulged in it most intemperately.

  • The criminal was execrated at the South and intemperately defended at the North.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • If we use it intemperately, such use is bad, but the thing itself is still good.

    Fruits of Philosophy Charles Knowlton
  • The facts which such people give to travelers are usually erroneous, and often intemperately so.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • They had turned themselves inside out, and were things to be intemperately proud of.

  • This is a proposition to which one would cordially subscribe if it were not so intemperately stated.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • "Then you and Hawkesley were a couple of fools for your pains," intemperately interrupted Mr. Dare.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for intemperately


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



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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