- (of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
- not kind or merciful.
Origin of inclement
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Examples from the Web for inclemencies
He was exposed, all at once, to the inclemencies of the Infinitudes.A Circuit Rider's Wife
Most of them live well, and are protected against the inclemencies of the weather.Here and There in London
J. Ewing Ritchie
How could I be otherwise here, sheltered from the inclemencies of the weather?The Underground City
Once removed from the soil and exposed to the inclemencies of the weather, the pupa would inevitably perish.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
They made their cruises in open boats, exposed to all the inclemencies of the weather, and captured their prizes by boarding.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries
- (of weather) stormy, severe, or tempestuous
- harsh, severe, or merciless
Word Origin and History for inclemencies
1660s, from French inclément and directly from Latin inclementem (nominative inclemens) "harsh, unmerciful," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + clementem "mild, placid." "Limitation to weather is curious" [Weekley].