Intemperance


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Intemperance

A lack of moderation. Habitual intemperance is that degree of intemperance in the use of intoxicating liquor which disqualifies the person a great portion of the time from properly attending to business. Habitual or excessive use of liquor.

Cross-references

Alcohol.

See: debauchery, dipsomania, exaggeration, greed, inebriation, waste
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Most of these vices far outrank intemperance in the traditional hierarchy.
In Johnson's novel, as a result of the father's intemperance, the mother dies and the children are left homeless and are separated.
It is appropriate to assess what went wrong since then in troubled lands like Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and others -- but this would be neocolonial intemperance if one mainly looks inside our Arab lands to ask why these people brought onto themselves such violence and fury, without considering the full story.
But he offers enough of the ugly human emotions, moral failings, and intemperance to generate much pseudo-sacred -- sacrilegious?
"And yet despite the Church's long and distinquished history of campaigning against intemperance, the monks of Buckfast have taken a vow of silence on the role their product plays north of the Border."
One must disengage from what might be called the frenetic intemperance of the times where all must be pleasurable, instant and shallow.
For Hannis virtues of acknowledged ecological dependence are those that, like humility, are opposed to and threatened by character traits such as arrogance and the pride, envy, greed, intemperance, selfishness and indifference underlying ecologically unsustainable consumerism.
Such intemperance can only damage Mr Fraser's cause." It certainly has, as has the hysterical language in the "lopsided" asylum debate in Australia in the past few days.
When there is a danger of the body politic being corrupted by the king's intemperance, a new hybrid can be formed with the "person of loyal retainers and viceregents," demonstrating that "the state as an independent entity ...
(l) And all these scarce one excepted, no not Epicurus himself (if we may beleive his Apologists and Advocates) (13) have agreed in the common Sentiments of Morality: There may be possibly a Diagorus or a Lucian, that may at least despise much of the gentile Religion: But where shall we find any of any note, or esteem that ever held or taught that all things were equally Just or honest, that there is no difference between Decorum et turpe (a) [the decent and shameful], antecedent to human Laws comanding or forbiding that ever condemned or prohibited Justice, beneficence, keeping faith, modesty, sobriety temperance, reverence and Worship of God, or that commended, (b) or by a Law enacted impiety injustice, injury, perfidiousnes, impudence, intemperance, ingratitude;
Maybe, the President should better be President, and not climb into the ring with the prize fighter and let his intemperance show.
The prose is so descriptive that it borders on intemperance. Ash is a prickly character and not always likable although she fits the standard artistic misfit role.