Etymology
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intemperance (n.)

early 15c., "lack of restraint, excess," also of weather, "inclemency, severity," from Old French intemperance (14c.) and directly from Latin intemperantia "intemperateness, immoderation, excess" (as in intemperantia vini "immoderate use of wine"), from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + temperantia "moderation, sobriety, discretion, self-control," from temperans, present participle of temperare "to moderate" (see temper (v.)).

updated on December 13, 2015

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Definitions of intemperance from WordNet

intemperance (n.)
the quality of being intemperate;
intemperance (n.)
consumption of alcoholic drinks;
Synonyms: intemperateness
intemperance (n.)
excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence;
the intemperance of their language
Synonyms: intemperateness / self-indulgence
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