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Meaning of TEMPERATE

Pronunciation:  'tempurit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"
  2. [adj]  not extreme in behavior; "temperate in his habits"; "a temperate response to an insult"; "temperate in his eating and drinking"
  3. [adj]  (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate; "a temperate region"; "the temperate zones"; "temperate plants"

TEMPERATE is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: abstemious, equable, light(a), mild, moderate, restrained
 Antonyms: intemperate
 See Also: clement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tem"per*ate\, a. [L. temperatus, p. p. of temperare.
    See {Temper}, v. t.]
    1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate
    2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as,
       temperate language.
             She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. --Shak.
             That sober freedom out of which there springs Our
             loyal passion for our temperate kings. --Tennyson.
    3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or
       passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.
             Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.
    4. Proceeding from temperance. [R.]
             The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air.
    {Temperate zone} (Geog.), that part of the earth which lies
       between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle;
       -- so called because the heat is less than in the torrid
       zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones.
    Syn: Abstemious; sober; calm; cool; sedate.
  2. \Tem"per*ate\, v. t.
    To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.
          It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath.