intemperate[in tem′pər it, -prit]
- The definition of intemperate is excessive and not mild, or indulging in alcohol to an extreme level.
- Weather where it is freezing and snowing one day and 90 degrees the next is an example of intemperate or extreme weather.
- When you consume five beers in one sitting, this is an example of an intemperate occasion.
- not temperate; specif.,
- not moderate; lacking restraint; excessive
- severe or violent; inclement: an intemperate wind
- drinking too much alcoholic liquor
Origin of intemperateClassical Latin intemperatus
- Not temperate or moderate, especially in rhetoric or tone; unrestrained: an intemperate denunciation. See Synonyms at excessive.
- Given to excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages.
(comparative more intemperate, superlative most intemperate)
- Lacking moderation, temper or control.
- intemperate language; intemperate zeal
- Bad week for: Jeremy Clarkson, who has become a hate figure in Malaysia after launching an intemperate attack on a Malaysian built car - The Week, 14 April 2007, 609, 4.
- Indulging any appetite or passion to excess, especially the drinking of alcohol.
(third-person singular simple present intemperates, present participle intemperating, simple past and past participle intemperated)
- (obsolete) To disorder.
in- + temperate