• WordNet 3.6
    • n temperance the act of tempering
    • n temperance abstaining from excess
    • n temperance the trait of avoiding excesses
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A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R
Tempering in oil bath Tempering in oil bath
Lost temper Lost temper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • Temperance Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; moderation; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; specifically, moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicating liquors.
    • Temperance Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness. "A gentleman of all temperance .""He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance ."
    • Temperance State with regard to heat or cold; temperature. "Tender and delicate temperance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n temperance Moderation; the observance of moderation; temperateness.
    • n temperance Particularly— Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; abstinence from all violence or excess, from inordinate or unseasonable indulgence, or from the use or pursuit of anything injurious to moral or physical well-being; sobriety; frugality: as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or grief; in a narrower sense, moderation in the use of alcoholic liquors, as beverages; or, in a still narrower sense as used by its advocates, entire abstinence from such liquors: in this sense also used attributively; as, a temperance society; a temperance hotel; a temperance lecture.
    • n temperance Moderation of passion; self-restraint; self-control; calmness.
    • n temperance The act of tempering or mixing; temperament.
    • n temperance Moderate degree of temperature; equal state.
    • n temperance Temperature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Temperance tem′pėr-ans moderation, esp. in the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions—in a narrower sense, moderation in the use of alcoholic liquors, and even entire abstinence from such
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  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.”
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “A theory must be tempered with reality.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
  • Harriet Martineau
    “Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. temperantia,: cf. F. tempérance,. See Temper (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. temperantia.


In literature:

The thing was too vexatious, and his temper went; and with his temper his last chance of finding his road.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
My Aunt Isobel has a temper much like the temper of the rest of the family.
"A Great Emergency and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
My lady did not understand the signs of her temper.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
It was said, too, that his rearing had not bettered Hallgerda's temper.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
It begets a serene and peaceful temper and disposition of the heart.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
His memory was long; his temper not to be ruffled; his humour, in victory and defeat, invincible; his purse unfathomable.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
We thought that'd be a good way to test your temper.
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
One of the motives assigned for this revision strongly marks the temper of the day.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
She, too, had her temper, and had no idea of being put down by twenty Mrs.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Just then there came rumors of a temperance society, and of attempts at a temperance reformation.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker

In poetry:

Temperance should guard the doors;
From room to room should Memory stray,
And, ranging all in neat array,
Enjoy her pleasing stores——
"Ode to Health, 1730" by William Shenstone
Men of temperance, men of action,
Ye who work, and think, and feel
For the cause, Heaven smiles upon you
Labouring for your country's weal.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton
That tempered winds may softly blow
Where little children, thinly clad,
Sit dreaming, when the flame is low,
Of comforts they have never had.
"A Little Prayer" by Samuel Ellsworth Kiser
Here one was crying out, by Jove!
Another, fight me in the grove;
This wounds a friend, and that the trees;
The Lion's temper reign'd in these.
"Bacchus: Or, The Vines Of Lesbos" by Thomas Parnell
Let all the tenderer voices of nature
Temper the triumph and chasten mirth,
Full of the infinite love and pity
For fallen martyr and darkened hearth.
"Revisited" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And reverence still that temperate cup,
And cherish long the blameless taste;
To learn the faults of men grown up,
Dear Jim, be wise and do not haste.
"Moderation In Diet" by Charles Lamb

In news:

0 Nancy Silverton's dark tempered chocolate.
What's Behind A Temper Tantrum.
Tempering the heat, adding more clouds and thunderstorms.
MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini lost his temper Monday after further questions about his links with Monaco, and said he deserves more respect for ending the club's long search for silverware.
Japanese macaques are one of the few primates adapted for temperate, rather than tropical, climates.
Tempers are flaring across the country as Congress–at President Barack Obama's urging–attempts to change healthcare as we know it in the United States.
Many recipes have you temper the chocolate—our way calls for barely melting the chocolate and then rapidly cooling it.
With the June 17 elections likely to determine Greece's eurozone future, you'd expect tempers to run high.
Arrangements by Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel, Temperance.
TEMPERANCE — A little bit of road work could go a long way toward saving Bill and Karen Albring's greenhouse business from disaster.
Reports that more oil than originally thought is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico were tempered by early successes in the 'top kill' procedure to stop the leak at its source.
In numerous grades, temper variations and thicknesses from 0.002 to 0.187 in.
Increase the minimum tempering temperature from 700F to 800F to improve the choice of materials that will enhance toughness at the specified hardness range.
The 9th annual Downtown Temperance Day took place Saturday at Carr's Grove Park in Temperance .
Unbalanced Blessings The balancing act of life is always tempered by the one gift that cost God everything.

In science:

Lemma 4. A tropical halo has tempered growth.
Global analytic geometry
In particular, we have a ≤ P (1) = 1 which shows that R has tempered growth.
Global analytic geometry
If R is archimedean then R has tempered growth.
Global analytic geometry
This shows that being of tempered growth is not equivalent to being archimedean.
Global analytic geometry
If n > 1, the aura R[n] + is archimedean but it does not have tempered growth.
Global analytic geometry