[in-tem-per-uh ns, -pruh ns]
- excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
- excessive indulgence of appetite or passion.
- lack of moderation or due restraint, as in action or speech.
- an act or instance of any of these: a long series of intemperances.
Origin of intemperance
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Examples from the Web for intemperance
Which speaks of an intemperance in the splenetic parenchyma; that is to say, the spleen.The Imaginary Invalid
The bed of enjoyment succeeded to the board of intemperance.Imogen
As for Matta, he was severely reprimanded for the intemperance of his tongue.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
Then no intemperance or madness should be allowed to approach true love?The Republic
You have come to gamble, and your gambling is attended by every form of intemperance and immorality.The Christian
Word Origin and History for intemperance
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