Definition of intemperate in English:



  • 1Having or showing a lack of self-control; immoderate.

    ‘intemperate outbursts concerning global conspiracies’
    • ‘Narrow political interests and intemperate outbursts should be moved to one side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Campolo then concluded his letter by stating, ‘Nevertheless, I very much want to apologize for the intemperate manner in which I spoke of those who differ with me on these issues.’’
    • ‘But this is not a sudden intemperate outburst from Phillips.’
    • ‘There is of course much outrage over this intemperate and rude question.’
    • ‘And I'm willing to bet a few of them may have made an intemperate remark on occasion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The way he tells it, it had something to do with alcohol, some intemperate friends, one rebellious night and dissatisfaction with life in the army.’
    • ‘A Department of Education spokesman said: ‘I think we are all used to intemperate remarks at the Easter conferences.’’
    • ‘Such a fear, I think, is bad for academic institutions, and will ultimately harm them more than the occasional intemperate criticisms would.’
    • ‘But his explanation for his intemperate outburst does not inspire confidence.’
    • ‘For if the ruler is intemperate and unjust, how can he rule well?’
    • ‘It was an intemperate outburst, but even as he stamped out of the room with a dark glower, his inquisitors were breaking into smiles.’
    • ‘What motivates liberals to launch their increasingly wild and intemperate assaults on conservatives is, in most cases, their fear and hatred of the ‘religious right.’’
    • ‘No one likes receiving emotional, intemperate outbursts, even from people who think they have been wrongly accused.’
    • ‘I'm sorry for the offence caused by the intemperate language and aggressive attitudes of a small part of the audience.’
    • ‘First of all, it was not an intemperate outburst.’
    • ‘I always also take people seriously, though I do suggest to the few intemperate and angry emailers that I could respond more usefully if they couched their comments less aggressively.’
    • ‘However intemperate, rude and fatuous Ken's outburst might have been, it was not racist.’
    • ‘District Judge Alan Berg told him: ‘You were out of control and acted like an intemperate bully.’’
    immoderate, excessive, undue, inordinate, unreasonable, unjustified, unwarranted, uncalled for
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    1. 1.1 Given to or characterized by excessive indulgence, especially in alcohol.
      ‘an intemperate social occasion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      dissolute, dissipated, degenerate, corrupt, depraved, louche, rakish, shameless, sinful, unprincipled, immoral, impure, unchaste, lascivious, lecherous, libertine, lewd, lustful, libidinous, licentious, promiscuous, loose, wanton, abandoned, unrestrained, fast, fast-living, decadent, profligate, sybaritic, voluptuary, pleasure-seeking, indulgent, self-indulgent
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘inclement’): from Latin intemperatus, from in- ‘not’ + temperatus (see temperate).