American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not temperate or moderate; excessive, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Immoderate in conduct or action; not exercising or characterized by proper moderation: as, intemperate in labor or in zeal; intemperate in study.
- In a restricted sense, immoderate in the use of intoxicating drink; given to excessive drinking.
- Immoderate in measure or degree; excessive; inordinate; violent: as, intemperate language; intemperate actions; an intemperate climate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Indulging any appetite or passion to excess; immoderate in enjoyment or exertion.
- adj. addicted to an excessive or habitual use of alcoholic liquors.
- adj. Excessive; ungovernable; inordinate; violent; immoderate.
- v. obsolete To disorder.
- adj. excessive in behavior
- adj. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
- adj. (of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
- in- + temperate (Wiktionary)
“As such it takes us back to the days when Cameron was denouncing anyone who backed Grammar Schools in intemperate terms or rejecting any contrary position as ‘pointless’ or deluded or whatever.”
“People called him on it (some perhaps in intemperate ways, others not, but they were right and he was mistaken).”
“Unfortunately, Hailey himself ended up engaging in intemperate attacks on Wizbang’s site.”
“They figure if they can make Sonia Sotomayor appear "too liberal," "too activist," or "intemperate" -- and cause Obama to withdraw her nomination, or if they can defeat her outright -- they can slow the Obamomentum that's leading to universal health care, cap-and-trade, more spending on education, and higher taxes on the rich.”
“In like manner neither can it be called intemperate: and in this respect there is dissimilarity between justice and the other moral virtues; but as regards the proportion between operation and habit, there is similarity in all respects.”
“The intemperate are the persons to whom these expostulations should be addressed.”
“At no period of life was I ever what men call intemperate; I never was in the habit of intoxication [the italics are Poe's]; I never drank drams, et cetera; but for a brief period, while I resided in Richmond and edited the Messenger, I certainly did give way, at long intervals, to the temptation held out on all sides to the spirit of Southern conviviality.”
“It should be noted -- and the distinction is of importance -- that the affections of a grave character most frequently produced by the alcoholic habit do not ensue as a consequence of what could be rightly called intemperate taking of the drug, -- its moderate use more commonly resulting in serious disease than when it is taken in great excess.”
“They are not what would be called intemperate, nor are they licentious.”
“GWEN IFILL: Appearing in Chester, Pennsylvania, as part of a final tour of battleground states, Obama recalled another intemperate campaign day.”
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