intemperate

If a climate is intemperate, its temperatures might be extreme. If a person is intemperate, his moods might be extreme. Being intemperate is all about avoiding moderation.

Intemperate is a combination of the prefix in- meaning "not" and the Latin temperantia meaning "moderation." When you are intemperate, you are not doing things in moderation; you lack self-control. It's often a word used when describing the tendency someone has to indulge excessively in liquor. An alcoholic is intemperate — overindulging and depending on alcohol.

Definitions of intemperate
  1. adjective
    excessive in behavior
    intemperate rage”
    Synonyms:
    intense
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    immoderate
    beyond reasonable limits
    big, heavy
    prodigious
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    Antonyms:
    temperate
    not extreme in behavior
    mild
    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
    moderate
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
    abstemious, light
    marked by temperance in indulgence
    moderate, restrained
    marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
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  2. adjective
    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
    synonyms: hard, heavy
    indulgent
    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  3. adjective
    (of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
    “an intemperate climate”
    intemperate zones”
    Synonyms:
    inclement
    (of weather or climate) severe
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    Antonyms:
    temperate
    (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate
    clement
    (of weather or climate) physically mild
    cold-temperate
    the colder parts of temperate waters
    equable
    not varying
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