inclement




Inclement usually refers to severe or harsh weather that is cold and wet. When packing for a trip to the Caribbean bring tank tops and shorts, but don’t forget a raincoat in case of inclement weather.

This adjective can also refer to a person or action that is harsh and unmerciful. Inclement is from a Latin root formed from the prefix in- “not” plus clemens “clement.” This English adjective clement can mean either mild or merciful; the more commonly used noun clemency can mean mildness or mercy.

Definitions of inclement
  1. adjective

    (of weather or climate) severe

    Synonyms:

    intemperate

    (of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
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    Antonyms:

    clement

    (of weather or climate) physically mild
    balmy, mild, soft

    mild and pleasant
    temperate

    (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate
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  2. adjective

    used of persons or behavior; showing no clemency or mercy

    “the harsh sentence of an
    inclement judge”
    Synonyms:

    unsparing

    not forbearing; ruthless
    merciless, unmerciful

    having or showing no mercy
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    Antonyms:

    clement

    (used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy
    lenient

    characterized by tolerance and mercy
    merciful

    showing or giving mercy
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