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inclement

[ in-klem-uh nt ]
/ ɪnˈklɛm ənt /
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adjective

(of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
not kind or merciful.

RELATED WORDS

brutal, cold, foul, hard, harsh, intemperate, raw, rigorous, rough, rugged, severe, stormy, tempestuous, violent, wintry, callous, draconian, pitiless, ruthless, savage

Nearby words

incivil, incivility, incl., inclasp, inclemency, inclement, inclinable, inclination, inclinatory, incline, inclined

Origin of inclement

1615–25; < Latin inclēment-, equivalent to in- in-3 + clēment- (stem of clēmēns) clement
Related formsin·clem·en·cy, in·clem·ent·ness, nounin·clem·ent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for inclement

inclement

/ (ɪnˈklɛmənt) /

adjective

(of weather) stormy, severe, or tempestuous
harsh, severe, or merciless
Derived Formsinclemency or inclementness, nouninclemently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inclement

inclement


adj.

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].

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