Definition of intemperate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈtemp(ə)rət/


1Having or showing a lack of self-control; immoderate: intemperate outbursts concerning global conspiracies
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  • I take offence at the suggestion, which would be refuted by anyone present in the Committee, that my behaviour was intemperate, immoderate, or offensive, if that word was used, as well.
  • A hastily penned memo from the heir to the throne, and an intemperate radio outburst from the Education Secretary, says everything about the entrenched positions of royalty and New Labour.
  • But his explanation for his intemperate outburst does not inspire confidence.
immoderate, excessive, undue, inordinate, extreme, unrestrained, uncontrolled;
self-indulgent, overindulgent, extravagant, lavish, prodigal, profligate;
imprudent, reckless, wild;
dissolute, debauched, wanton, dissipated
1.1Given to or characterized by excessive indulgence, especially in alcohol: an intemperate social occasion
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  • Devout New England Puritans were not unusually promiscuous or intemperate.
  • Why had she married this rakish, intemperate man - this man who drank himself to an early demise?
  • But the hopefulness with which Joey starts the summer rapidly devolves into confusion and fright as he tries to manage his remorseful, fetching, intemperate, hyperactive, and alcoholic father.



Pronunciation: /inˈtemp(ə)rətlē/
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  • Certainly, the Home Office appears to have acted intemperately, launching an appeal against his successful asylum claim on the grounds of their own incompetence (they forgot to attend it).
  • His mother, Nina, drank and married intemperately.
  • Similarly, one who has excessive debts should repay them before intemperately contributing to charity.


Pronunciation: /inˈtemp(ə)rətnəs/
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  • Rather than address these issues with cool logic and professionalism, a depressed and exhausted Harlow responded with sarcasm and insult, further dooming him to marginalization through the intemperateness of his remarks.
  • Perhaps what most moves me to this unAmerican intemperateness is that there can be no doubt whatever that certain desires are in play with respect to determinism and freedom.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'inclement'): from Latin intemperatus, from in- 'not' + temperatus (see temperate).

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Syllabification: in·tem·per·ate

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