the trait of avoiding excesses
abstaining from excess
the act of tempering
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.
Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
One of the seven heavenly virtues.
State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.
: temperance; the fourteenth trump or major arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.
Origin: See etymology of "to temper".
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
moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness
state with regard to heat or cold; temperature
Temperance is the fourteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tem′pėr-ans, n. 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.—Temperance hotel, one which professes to supply no alcoholic liquors; Temperance movement, a political agitation for the restriction or abolition of the use of alcoholic liquors; Temperance society, usually an association of total-abstainers from alcoholic liquors. [L. temperantia.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Abstinence from alcohol.
The numerical value of temperance in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of temperance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.
Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.
Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half of the human race to misery.
A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
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Translations for temperance
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- temperançaCatalan, Valencian
- umění, umírněnostCzech
- Mäßigung, Mäßigkeit, Mäßigkeit im Alkoholgenuss, Temperenz, EnthaltsamkeitGerman
- kohtuus, itsehillintä, kohtuullisuus, maltti, raittius, tyyneysFinnish
- tempérance, sobriétéFrench
- 節制, 禁酒Japanese
- matiging, gematigheidDutch
- powściągliwość, umiarkowaniePolish
- cumpătare, sobrietateRomanian
- сдержанность, умеренность, трезвенностьRussian
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