from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Lack of temperance, as in the indulgence of an appetite or a passion.
- n. Excessive use of alcoholic beverages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Lack of moderation or temperance; excess
- n. Drunkenness; gluttony
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Habitual or excessive indulgence in alcoholic liquors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being intemperate; lack of temperance or moderation; immoderateness or excess in any kind of action; excessive indulgence of any passion or appetite.
- n. In a restricted sense, excessive indulgence in intoxicating drink; habitual lack of temperance in drink, with or without actual drunkenness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being intemperate
- n. excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
- n. consumption of alcoholic drinks
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_On the contrary, _ The Philosopher says (Ethic. iii, 12) that "we apply the term intemperance* to childish faults."
The word intemperance is generally employed as applying to the abuse of strong drinks.
Incontinence is a term applied only by analogy in the case of the latter; its proper concern -- as with the moral vice, which we call intemperance -- is with the former.
In all these cases the idea of intemperance is excluded.
And though they call intemperance the being governed by pleasures, yet it happens to them that, by being mastered by some pleasures, they master others, and this is similar to what was just now said, that in a certain manner they become temperate through intemperance. "
All I have to impress upon you is, to beware of intemperance, which is very prevalent in this country, and when you find it convenient, to pay Government the money that was allowed you for subsistence while in prison. '
Therefore intemperance, which is overcome by pleasure, is a less grievous sin than cowardice, which is overcome by fear.
Here, at home, is the chief source of that wide-spread ruin by intemperance, that is every year robbing society of thousands of young men, who, by education, culture, and social standing are fitted for useful and honorable positions.
Sad memory brings up our last meeting, and when the subject of his intemperance was the theme of our parting conversation.
Now, as to this disease of intemperance, which is a social and moral as well as