[in-tem-per-it, -prit]


given to or characterized by excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
immoderate in indulgence of appetite or passion.
not temperate; unrestrained; unbridled.
extreme in temperature, as climate.

Origin of intemperate

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word intemperātus. See in-3, temperate
Related formsin·tem·per·ate·ly, adverbin·tem·per·ate·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intemperate

Contemporary Examples of intemperate

Historical Examples of intemperate

  • He was of intemperate habits, and beat his wife on little provocation.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • Who is that intemperate and brutal man whom we would redeem?

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Well, but is a just man the friend of the unjust, or the temperate of the intemperate, or the good of the bad?



  • And the pleasures of the temperate exceed the pains, while the pains of the intemperate exceed the pleasures.



  • With what intemperate eagerness would the people flock to see it!

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for intemperate



consuming alcoholic drink habitually or to excess
indulging bodily appetites to excess; immoderate
unrestrainedintemperate rage
extreme or severean intemperate climate
Derived Formsintemperance or intemperateness, nounintemperately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intemperate

"characterized by excessive indulgence in a passion or appetite," late 14c., from Latin intemperatus "untempered, inclement, immoderate," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + temperantia (see temperance). Related: Intemperately.

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