from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Lack of temperance, as in the indulgence of an appetite or a passion.
  • noun Excessive use of alcoholic beverages.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being intemperate; lack of temperance or moderation; immoderateness or excess in any kind of action; excessive indulgence of any passion or appetite.
  • noun In a restricted sense, excessive indulgence in intoxicating drink; habitual lack of temperance in drink, with or without actual drunkenness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of becoming, or state of being, intemperate; excess in any kind of action or indulgence; any immoderate indulgence of the appetites or passions.
  • noun Habitual or excessive indulgence in alcoholic liquors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Lack of moderation or temperance; excess
  • noun Drunkenness; gluttony

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being intemperate
  • noun excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
  • noun consumption of alcoholic drinks


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