Word of the Day : January 24, 2022
What It Means
Intemperate means “having extreme conditions” or “having or showing a lack of emotional calmness or control.”
// The plant is able to survive in intemperate climates.
// The journalist apologized for her intemperate rant against the mayor.
INTEMPERATE in Context
“It is probably useful … for us to let our ideas flow with intemperate fervor on topics about which we care passionately.” — Jim Slusher, The Chicago Daily Herald, 2 Sept. 2021
Did You Know?
Intemperate means “not well tempered“—in other words, not well mixed or balanced. The word comes from Latin intemperatus, a combination of in- and the verb temperare, meaning “to temper” or “to mix.”