In*tem"per*ance (?), n. [F. intemp'erance, L. intemperantia. See In- not, and Temperance.]
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.
Some, as thou sawest, by violent stroke shall die,
By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more
In meats and drinks.
Specifically: Habitual or excessive indulgence in alcoholic liquors.
© Webster 1913.