Definition of intemperance in English:


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  • 1Lack of moderation or restraint.

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



/inˈtemp(ə)rəns/ /ɪnˈtɛmp(ə)rəns/