Intemperate
Intemperate In*tem`per*ate, a. [L. intemperatus. See {In-} not, and {Temperate}.] 1. Indulging any appetite or passion to excess; immoderate in enjoyment or exertion. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, addicted to an excessive or habitual use of alcoholic liquors. [1913 Webster]

3. Excessive; ungovernable; inordinate; violent; immoderate; as, intemperate language, zeal, etc.; intemperate weather. [1913 Webster]

Most do taste through fond intemperate thirst. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing. --Ecclus. xxiii. 13. [1913 Webster]


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  • intemperate — [in tem′pər it, in tem′prit] adj. [L intemperatus] 1. not temperate; specif., a) not moderate; lacking restraint; excessive b) severe or violent; inclement [an intemperate wind] 2. drinking too much alcoholic liquor intemperately adv …   English World dictionary

  • Intemperate — In*tem per*ate, v. t. To disorder. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • intemperate — (adj.) characterized by excessive indulgence in a passion or appetite, late 14c., from L. intemperatus untempered, inclement, immoderate, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + temperantia (see TEMPERANCE (Cf. temperance)). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • intemperate — adjective Etymology: Middle English intemperat, from Latin intemperatus, from in + temperatus, past participle of temperare to temper Date: 14th century not temperate < intemperate criticism >; especially given to excessive use of intoxicating… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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