Definition of intemperate in English:



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

    ‘intemperate outbursts concerning global conspiracies’
    • ‘And I'm willing to bet a few of them may have made an intemperate remark on occasion.’
    • ‘There is of course much outrage over this intemperate and rude question.’
    • ‘For if the ruler is intemperate and unjust, how can he rule well?’
    • ‘District Judge Alan Berg told him: ‘You were out of control and acted like an intemperate bully.’’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one likes receiving emotional, intemperate outbursts, even from people who think they have been wrongly accused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was an intemperate outburst, but even as he stamped out of the room with a dark glower, his inquisitors were breaking into smiles.’
    • ‘I'm sorry for the offence caused by the intemperate language and aggressive attitudes of a small part of the audience.’
    • ‘However intemperate, rude and fatuous Ken's outburst might have been, it was not racist.’
    • ‘First of all, it was not an intemperate outburst.’
    • ‘But this is not a sudden intemperate outburst from Phillips.’
    • ‘Narrow political interests and intemperate outbursts should be moved to one side.’
    • ‘Such a fear, I think, is bad for academic institutions, and will ultimately harm them more than the occasional intemperate criticisms would.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Department of Education spokesman said: ‘I think we are all used to intemperate remarks at the Easter conferences.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 his explanation for his intemperate outburst does not inspire confidence.’
    immoderate, excessive, undue, inordinate, unreasonable, unjustified, unwarranted, uncalled for
    extreme, unrestrained, unrestricted, uncontrolled, unbridled, uncurbed
    self-indulgent, overindulgent, extravagant, lavish, prodigal, profligate, imprudent, reckless, wild, outrageous, egregious
    dissolute, debauched, wanton, dissipated, dissipative
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    1. 1.1Given to or characterized by excessive indulgence, especially in alcohol.
      ‘an intemperate social occasion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Devout New England Puritans were not unusually promiscuous or intemperate.’


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