• WordNet 3.6
    • n intemperateness excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence "the intemperance of their language"
    • n intemperateness consumption of alcoholic drinks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In South Carolina you can be fined for not denouncing "the evils of intemperance" on the fourth Friday of every October.
    • Intemperateness Severity of weather; inclemency. "By unseasonable weather, by intemperateness of the air or meteors."
    • Intemperateness The state of being intemperate; excessive indulgence of any appetite or passion; as, intemperateness in eating or drinking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intemperateness The state of being intemperate; want of moderation; excessive indulgence: as, the intemperateness of appetite or passion.
    • n intemperateness Disturbance of atmospheric conditions; excess of heat or cold.
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  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.”


In literature:

Let intemperance be the type of them all, because so many of the others are its children.
"Joy & Power" by Henry van Dyke
Morning review of last night's intemperance.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
Permanent insanity may be one of the last results of intemperance.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
He was probably luxurious in his habits, but intemperate use of wine he detested and avoided.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
As for the intemperate cry which makes it a sin to partake of any liquor, however prudently, it was then never heard in the land.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
There were those who laid this disaster to Hooker's intemperance.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII" by John Lord
In climates where wine is a rarity intemperance abounds.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
And the temperate or the intemperate?
"A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion" by Epictetus
Avoid excesses, intemperance, animal food.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Other causes were his extravagance and intemperance.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace & Philip Wharton

In poetry:

Adam's intemperance our ruin wrought,
But Jesus suffer'd for the Patriarch's fault —
'Tis man, that sins — but Christ himself, that dies —
Did ever love to such a height arise?
"That Christ Was Typify'd" by Rees Prichard
When talent and music dance lightly along,
And trip us a measure in story or song,
We read, or we listen, with soft-bated breath,
While intemperance is leading the wild dance of death.
"To Members And Office-Bearers of Temperance Societies" by Janet Hamilton
Or will the thorns, that strew intemperance' bed,
Turn with a wish to down? will late remorse
Recall the shaft the murderer's hand has sped,
Or from the guiltless bosom turn its course?
"Second Sunday In Lent" by John Keble
Most dread Intemperance, shall it not suffice,
That, throned and crowned, thou reignest as a queen
In million homes, on British soil that rise,
Where still thy direful power is felt and seen?
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton
Shall it be when Intemperance, enthroned on the waves
Of a dark sea of ruin, is scooping the graves
Of thousands, while redly the dark current rolls
With the blood of her victims—the slaughter of souls?
"The Plague of Our Isle" by Janet Hamilton
And in doing so the good man, in my opinion, was right,
Because the evils of intemperance is an abomination in God's sight;
And all those that get drunk are enemies to Him,
Likewise enemies to Christ's kingdom, which is a great sin.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A lesson in intemperance for the conservative movement.
Intemperate global warming rules.
An Intemperate History of Beer in Canada.
Registered, practical nurses must prove they're not intemperate to gain licensure.
The Toll of an Intemperate E-Mail.
Mitt Romney has, for all intents and purposes, pretty much disqualified himself for the presidency by his intemperate comments in regard to the murder of the US ambassador in Libya.
Here is a movie that addresses a deep and painful division in American society, a schism that divides families, threatens the civility on which a democratic society depends and provokes endless, often intemperate arguments.
Kudos to Tal Payne for his Sept 18 letter to The Herald responding to an earlier intemperate letter by Wesley M Rash.
Earlier today, I made the case that Rick Santorum's language has been intemperate of late.
In his recent letter to the editor, under the headline "Shame on Aspen Times columnist," Agustin Goba attacks Aspen Times columnist Melanie Sturm with language that is a bit intemperate (Nov 10, The Aspen Times).
Among the more intemperate comments posted on by "campstblue" was a June 2009 mini-rant about then-Mayor Ray Nagin, which read: "For all of you who have a penchant for firearms and how they work, Ray Nagin lives on Park Island".
Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism.