intemperance


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in·tem·per·ance

 (ĭn-tĕm′pər-əns, -prəns)
n.
1. Lack of temperance, as in the indulgence of an appetite or a passion.
2. Excessive use of alcoholic beverages.

in•tem•per•ance

(ɪnˈtɛm pər əns, -prəns)

n.
1. immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
2. excessive indulgence of appetite or passion.
3. lack of moderation or restraint.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intemperance - the quality of being intemperate
unrestraint - the quality of lacking restraint
gluttony - habitual eating to excess
temperance, moderation - the trait of avoiding excesses
2.intemperance - consumption of alcoholic drinks
vice - a specific form of evildoing; "vice offends the moral standards of the community"
boozing, crapulence, drink, drinking, drunkenness - the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; "drink was his downfall"
3.intemperance - excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence; "the intemperance of their language"
spree, fling - a brief indulgence of your impulses
dissipation, licentiousness, profligacy, dissolution, looseness - dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
jag - a bout of drinking or drug taking
humoring, indulging, pampering, indulgence - the act of indulging or gratifying a desire

intemperance

noun
Immoderate indulgence, as in food or drink:
Translations

intemperance

[ɪnˈtempərəns] N (= lack of self-restraint) → intemperancia f, inmoderación f; (= drunkenness) → exceso m en la bebida

intemperance

n (= lack of moderation)Maßlosigkeit f, → Unmäßigkeit f; (= drunkenness)Trunksucht f
References in classic literature ?
But he said that the English idea that compulsory education would reduce bastardy and intemperance was an error--it has not that effect.
Some, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall die, By Fire, Flood, Famin, by Intemperance more In Meats and Drinks, which on the Earth shal bring Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew Before thee shall appear; that thou mayst know What miserie th' inabstinence of EVE Shall bring on men.
So saying, he took off his cup with much gravity, at the same time shaking his head at the intemperance of the Scottish harper.
Murder, burglary, intemperance, or the minor vices you could have borne; but deceit you cannot abide.
To clear up which, I endeavoured to give some ideas of the desire of power and riches; of the terrible effects of lust, intemperance, malice, and envy.
Don Antonio's wife came up and said, "I know not what to ask thee, Head; I would only seek to know of thee if I shall have many years of enjoyment of my good husband;" and the answer she received was, "Thou shalt, for his vigour and his temperate habits promise many years of life, which by their intemperance others so often cut short.
Few parts of the Constitution have been assailed with more intemperance than this; yet on a fair investigation of it, no part can appear more completely invulnerable.
Our friendship lasted, in this manner, for several years, during which my general temperament and character - through the instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance - had (I blush to confess it) experienced a radical alteration for the worse.
Suddenly a corner was turned, a blaze of light burst upon our sight, and we stood before one of the huge suburban temples of Intemperance - one of the palaces of the fiend, Gin.
Spots appeared on his nose, the redness of which was evidently due to intemperance, and his mouth twitched nervously.
Raffles proved more unmanageable than he had shown himself to be in his former appearances, his chronic state of mental restlessness, the growing effect of habitual intemperance, quickly shaking off every impression from what was said to him.
A slouching, moody, drunken sloven, wasted by intemperance and vice, and with his matted hair and unshorn beard in wild disorder; but, with some traces on him, too, of having been a man of good proportion and good features in his youth.