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Pronunciation:  in'tempuruns

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  1. [n]  immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites
  2. [n]  consumption of alcoholic drinks
  3. [n]  the quality of being intemperate

INTEMPERANCE is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: intemperateness, self-indulgence
 Antonyms: moderation, temperance
 See Also: boozing, crapulence, dissipation, dissolution, drink, drinking, drunkenness, gluttony, jag, licentiousness, profligacy, unrestraint, vice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*tem"per*ance\, n. [F. intemp['e]rance, L.
intemperantia. See {In-} not, and {Temperance}.]
1. The act of becoming, or state of being, intemperate;
   excess in any kind of action or indulgence; any immoderate
   indulgence of the appetites or passions.

         God is in every creature; be cruel toward none,
         neither abuse any by intemperance.    --Jer. Taylor.

         Some, as thou sawest, by violent stroke shall die,
         By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more In
         meats and drinks.                     --Milton.

2. Specifically: Habitual or excessive indulgence in
   alcoholic liquors.

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