- 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.
intemperate definition by Webster's New World
- not temperate; specif.,
- not moderate; lacking restraint; excessive
- severe or violent; inclement: an intemperate wind
- drinking too much alcoholic liquor
Origin: Classical Latin intemperatus
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- intemperately adverb
intemperate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Not temperate or moderate; excessive, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
- in·temˈper·ate·ly adverb
- in·temˈper·ate·ness noun