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inclemency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inclemency excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n inclemency weather unsuitable for outdoor activities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inclemency Physical severity or harshness (commonly in respect to the elements or weather); roughness; storminess; rigor; severe cold, wind, rain, or snow. "The inclemencies of morning air.""The rude inclemency of wintry skies."
    • Inclemency The state or quality of being inclement; lack of clemency; lack of mildness of temper; unmercifulness; severity. "The inclemency of the late pope."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inclemency The character of being inclement; lack of clemency. Severity of temper; unmercifulness or harshness of feeling or action.
    • n inclemency Severity of climate or weather; tempestuousness.
    • n inclemency Adversity; disagreeableness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inclementia,: cf. F. inclémence,

Usage

In literature:

We were in a wigwam, which afforded us but miserable shelter from the inclemency of the season.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
Our two Crusoes would therein find themselves in a position to brave with impunity the inclemency of the weather.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
The unhappy settlers were thus left without food in that dreary region, to endure the inclemency of the winter.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
He was exposed, all at once, to the inclemencies of the Infinitudes.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Neither hunger, nor nakedness, nor inclemency of the weather troubles you.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
Out of doors the night was intensely black, and a drizzling rain added to its inclemency.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
These blocks are, however, of sand-stone, and their fractures are the result of the inclemency of the weather.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
No inclemency of the weather prevents them.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
Moreover, the merchants and their goods are exposed to the inclemency of the weather.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
The post-boys were exposed to all the inclemency of the weather both by day and night.
"A Hundred Years by Post" by J. Wilson Hyde
They display no ingenuity with the object of securing protection from the inclemencies of the atmosphere.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
They continued for several days longer buffeting with the stream, and exposed to all the inclemencies of the weather.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
Simpson was exposed to all the inclemency of the weather.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Acting under this impulse, he had taken her during the inclemency of the past spring to the Isle of Wight.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
They recognize no village, nor in a land of so many inclemencies do they have any other shelter than that of the trees.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Franklin ordered huts immediately to be reared to protect his troops from the inclemency of the weather.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
He braves without inconvenience the inclemency of climate and seasons, scarcely feeling it at all.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
But the impulse to sing was strong, and triumphed over modesty and even the inclemencies of sea and sky.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The weather seemed at last, after a long season of inclemency, to have set in for heat.
"Notes in North Africa" by W. G. Windham
My mother suffers a little from the inclemency of the place, but less on the whole than would be imagined.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Upon thy tranquil front the star
Burns bleak and passionless and white,
Its cold inclemency of light
More dreadful than the shadows are.
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce