Definition of intemperance in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Lack of moderation or restraint:

    ‘his occasional intemperance of tone’
    • ‘They felt the lash of the conservative reporters, columnists and pundits, whose intemperance was moderated by neither truth nor reason.’
    • ‘To defend her intemperance, she publicly impugned my personal and professional integrity.’
    • ‘Rovers are expected to be clean minded, clean willed and able to control intemperance and lead morally upright lives.’
    • ‘He is 18 and has time on his side, but as we have seen in the intemperance of his play, patience is not one of his virtues.’
    • ‘Later reactions against the Canon were a recognition of the intemperance of behaviorism.’
    • ‘When we do not use our time distinctly then intemperance, intolerance and imprudence turn out to be our masters.’
    • ‘Nature offers a healing medicine, and arrests the death which his intemperance has provoked.’
    • ‘By his lying, stupidity and intemperance Lee has tarnished the club's image and caused embarrassment to supporters.’
    • ‘The intemperance of that high dignitary and his priests filled me with an unspeakable horror and disgust.’
    • ‘Political intemperance is traditionally the province of the young.’
    • ‘This intemperance was rather curious for a group that wanted to lead intellectually when it came to political awareness.’
    • ‘He becomes so absorbed in trying to interpret the allegory of the voyage of life that he fails to recognize the intemperance of his own course.’
    drinking, hard drinking, heavy drinking, alcoholism, alcohol abuse, dipsomania
    overindulgence, overconsumption, intemperateness, immoderation, lack of restraint, abandon, lack of self-control
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    1. 1.1 Excessive indulgence, especially in alcohol:
      ‘a warning about female intemperance’
      • ‘In fact, opinions among the membership regarding alcohol and intemperance were far from unanimous.’
      • ‘Both looked "sickly, pale, and emaciated, from a long course of intemperance," despite respectable attire and some signs of formal education.’
      • ‘A close reading of the newspaper and pamphlet sources reveals fault lines between existing and emerging ways of understanding and discussing intemperance, violence, and gender.’
      • ‘In climates where wine is a rarity intemperance abounds.’
      • ‘The purposes of civil associations vary: to plan public festivals, to combat moral evils such as intemperance, or, most important, to carry out some industrial or commercial undertaking.’
      • ‘The Quaker was a fresh-faced old man who had never been ill, because he had never known passions or intemperance.’
      • ‘Intemperance in food will cause the rapid descent into degredation of one who has previously lived decently.’
      • ‘But their campaigns also assisted the temperance movement in its quest to curb intemperance.’
      • ‘An intemperate man has strong temptation to plead: he began with conviviality, and only arrives at solitary intemperance as the ultimate degradation.’
      • ‘The ladies are determined to persevere and carry on this work steadily and earnestly, until intemperance shall be conquered as slavery has been.’
      • ‘Intemperance, in the use of ardent spirits, is now, and it is feared will long remain, a fruitful source of pauperism and misery.’
      • ‘The jury at the inquest returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, and were of the opinion that the cause of death ensued upon continued habits of intemperance.’
      • ‘In short, her husband's intemperance caused her affliction.’
      • ‘Societies are formed to resist evils that are exclusively of a moral nature, as to diminish the vice of intemperance.’
      • ‘This is surprising, for contemporary opinion held that women as well as men succumbed to intemperance.’
      • ‘Can he be sure that his appetites will not lead him to gluttony, intemperance or sensuality?’
      • ‘They are zealous in the work and are casting their whole influence towards the redemption of society from the thralldom of intemperance.’
      • ‘Much early nineteenth-century discussion of female intemperance centered on the damage it did to family life.’
      • ‘Given these attitudes, they are prone to a number of vices, including lack of generosity, cowardice, and intemperance.’
      • ‘Certainly, all parties agreed on the pernicious effects of intemperance, and its tendency to promote domestic violence and discord.’