What does temperance mean?

Definitions for temperance
ˈtɛm pər əns, ˈtɛm prənstem·per·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temperance, moderationnoun

    the trait of avoiding excesses

  2. sobriety, temperancenoun

    abstaining from excess

  3. temperancenoun

    the act of tempering

Wiktionary

  1. temperancenoun

    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.

  2. temperancenoun

    Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.

  3. temperancenoun

    One of the seven heavenly virtues.

  4. temperancenoun

    State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.

  5. temperancenoun

    temperance; the fourteenth trump or major arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

  6. Temperancenoun

    A female given name from English.

  7. Temperancenoun

    The fourteenth trump or major arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

  8. Etymology: From temperance. A virtue name first used by Puritans in the 16th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Temperancenoun

    Etymology: temperantia, Lat.

    Well observe
    The rule of not too much; by temperance taught
    In what thou eat’st and drink’st; seeking from thence
    Due nourishment, no gluttonous delight. John Milton.

    Temperance, that virtue without pride, and fortune without envy, gives indolence of body and tranquillity of mind; the best guardian of youth and support of old age. William Temple.

    Make temperance thy companion; so shall health
    Sit on thy brow. Robert Dodsley, Agriculture.

    His senseless speech and doted ignorance,
    When as the noble prince had marked well;
    He calm’d his wrath with goodly temperance. Fa. Qu.

    What, are you chas’d?
    Ask God for temp’rance, that’s th’ appliance only
    Which your disease requires. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temperanceverb

    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

  2. Temperanceverb

    moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness

  3. Temperanceverb

    state with regard to heat or cold; temperature

Freebase

  1. Temperance

    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

  1. Temperance

    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

  1. Temperance

    Abstinence from alcohol.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperance in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of temperance in a Sentence

  1. Sir Philip Sidney:

    The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.

  2. Samuel Smiles:

    Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.

  3. Juvenal:

    The sweetest pleasures soonest cloy, And its best flavour temperance gives to joy.

  4. Samuel Johnson:

    Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.

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