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INTEMPERATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intemperate mean? 

INTEMPERATE (adjective)
  The adjective INTEMPERATE has 3 senses:

1. (of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
2. excessive in behavior
3. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

  Familiarity information: INTEMPERATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTEMPERATE (adjective)


Sense 1intemperate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes

Context examples:

an intemperate climate / intemperate zones

Also:

inclement ((of weather or climate) severe)

Antonym:

temperate ((of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate)


Sense 2intemperate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excessive in behavior

Context example:

intemperate rage

Similar:

big; heavy (prodigious)

Also:

intense (in an extreme degree)

immoderate (not within reasonable limits)

Antonym:

temperate (not extreme in behavior)


Sense 3intemperate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

Synonyms:

intemperate; hard; heavy

Context example:

a hard drinker

Similar:

indulgent (characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone)


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