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  1. not moderate; exceeding just or reasonable limits; excessive; extreme.
  2. Obsolete. intemperate.
  3. Obsolete. without bounds.
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Origin of immoderate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word immoderātus. See im-2, moderate
Related formsim·mod·er·ate·ly, adverbim·mod·er·ate·ness, noun

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  1. lacking in moderation; excessiveimmoderate demands
  2. obsolete venial; intemperateimmoderate habits
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Derived Formsimmoderately, adverbimmoderation or immoderateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for immoderate


late 14c., from Latin immoderatus "boundless, immeasurable," figuratively "unrestrained, excessive," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + moderatus "restrained" (see moderate). Related: Immoderately.

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