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Definitions for temperate
ˈtɛm pər ɪt, ˈtɛm prɪttem·per·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temperateadjective

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

    "a temperate region"; "the temperate zones"; "temperate plants"

  2. temperateadjective

    not extreme in behavior

    "temperate in his habits"; "a temperate response to an insult"; "temperate in his eating and drinking"

  3. moderate, temperateadjective

    not extreme

    "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism"


  1. temperateverb

    To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.

  2. temperateadjective

    Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.

  3. temperateadjective

    Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.

  4. temperateadjective

    Proceeding from temperance.

  5. Etymology: temperatus, past participle of tempero. See temper.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Temperateadjective

    Etymology: temperatus, Lat.

    Use a temperate heat, for they are ever temperate heats that digest and mature; wherein we mean temperate, according to the nature of the subject; for that may be temperate to fruits and liquors which will not work at all upon metals. Francis Bacon.

    His sleep
    Was airy, light, from pure digestion bred,
    And temp’rate vapours bland. John Milton.

    I advised him to be temperate in eating and drinking. Richard Wiseman.

    So hot a speed with such advice dispos’d;
    Such temp’rate order in so fierce a course
    Doth want example. William Shakespeare.

    She’s not froward, but modest as the dove:
    She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. William Shakespeare.

    From temperate inactivity we are unready to put in execution the suggestions of reason. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temperateverb

    moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate

  2. Temperateverb

    not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language

  3. Temperateverb

    moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking

  4. Temperateverb

    proceeding from temperance

  5. Temperateverb

    to render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Temperate

    tem′pėr-āt, adj. moderate in degree of any quality, esp. in the appetites and passions, self-restrained: calm: cool, mild, moderate in temperature: abstemious.—adv. Tem′perately.—n. Tem′perateness.—adj. Tem′perative.—n. Tem′perature, constitution: proportion: degree of any quality, esp. of heat or cold in weather or climate: the thermal condition of a body which determines the interchange of heat between it and other bodies: state of a living body with respect to sensible heat.—Temperate zones, the parts of the earth of more cool and equable temperature lying between the tropics and the polar circles—the North Temperate Zone being the space between the tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle; the South Temperate Zone, that between the tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle.

Anagrams for temperate »

  1. petameter

  2. petametre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of temperate in a Sentence

  1. Mao Zedong:

    A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.

  2. Bob Ward:

    Cities that are used to more temperate climates, like London, are finding it very difficult to cope, places which experience cold winters tend to worry more about insulation... but of course some of the measures you design to keep heat in during the winter can prevent heat escaping in the summer, making it even more of a problem.

  3. Aristotle:

    Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way...you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

  4. Alexander Frolov:

    Everything depends on the coming winter, there are forecasts that this year's winter will be temperate in the main grain-sowing regions, excluding, possibly, Siberia.

  5. Alain Lecavelier des Etangs:

    We can not assure that the observed comets are likely to deliver material like water to planets orbiting Beta Pictoris, but our observations show that collisions are very common and therefore suggests that temperate planets can be enriched in material trapped in frozen ices captured by the comets when( the comets) are far from the star and later collide with the planets.

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