Intemperance is when you can't do anything half way, or hold yourself back. You might describe your inability to eat a single slice of cake — instead, gobbling the whole thing — as intemperance.

When someone isn't able to temper — or moderate — his actions, he is at risk of intemperance. Your uncle shows intemperance when he yells furiously at everyone around him every time he feels angry, and your sister's intemperance might come out in her terrible shopping habit. The opposite of intemperance is moderation. The Latin root word, intemperantia, means "immoderation or excess," and was originally used in English to describe the weather.

Definitions of intemperance

n excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence

“the intemperance of their language”
intemperateness, self-indulgence
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fling, spree
a brief indulgence of your impulses
dissipation, dissolution, licentiousness, looseness, profligacy
dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
a bout of drinking or drug taking
spending spree
a brief period of extravagant spending
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humoring, indulgence, indulging, pampering
the act of indulging or gratifying a desire

n consumption of alcoholic drinks

boozing, crapulence, drink, drinking, drunkenness
the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
drinking bout
a long period of drinking
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a specific form of evildoing

n the quality of being intemperate

moderation, temperance
the trait of avoiding excesses
habitual eating to excess
greediness, hoggishness, piggishness
an excessive desire for food
edacity, esurience, rapaciousness, rapacity, voraciousness, voracity
extreme gluttony
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the quality of lacking restraint

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