[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 intemperately

Historical Examples of intemperately

  • The criminal was execrated at the South and intemperately defended at the North.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

  • "Jes' cut loose from home an' mammy," he continued, intemperately.

  • Acquiesce gracefully, not intemperately, in the prevailing sentiment.

    The Secret Service.

    Albert D. Richardson

  • Then Rosie's vegetables were so very good, and so intemperately abundant!

    Six Girls and Bob

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • I became interested—I became agitated; in short, I found a new kind of stimulus, and I indulged in it most intemperately.

British Dictionary definitions for intemperately



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 intemperately



"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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