[ ih-mod-er-it ]
/ ɪˈmɒd ər ɪt /


not moderate; exceeding just or reasonable limits; excessive; extreme.
Obsolete. intemperate.
Obsolete. without bounds.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for immoderate


/ (ɪˈmɒdərɪt, ɪˈmɒdrɪt) /


lacking in moderation; excessiveimmoderate demands
obsolete venial; intemperateimmoderate habits
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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