inclement

Inclement usually refers to severe or harsh weather that is cold and wet. When packing for a trip to the Caribbean bring tank tops and shorts, but don't forget a raincoat in case of inclement weather.

This adjective can also refer to a person or action that is harsh and unmerciful. Inclement is from a Latin root formed from the prefix in- "not" plus clemens "clement." This English adjective clement can mean either mild or merciful; the more commonly used noun clemency can mean mildness or mercy.

DEFINITIONS OF: inclement

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adj (of weather or climate) severe

Synonyms
intemperate
(of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
Antonyms:
clement
(of weather or climate) physically mild
balmy, mild, soft
mild and pleasant
temperate
(of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate
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adj used of persons or behavior; showing no clemency or mercy

“the harsh sentence of an inclement judge”
Synonyms
unsparing
not forbearing; ruthless
merciless, unmerciful
having or showing no mercy
Antonyms:
clement
(used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy
lenient
characterized by tolerance and mercy
merciful
showing or giving mercy
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