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ˈtɛm pərdtem·pered

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tempered, treated, hardened, toughened(adj)

    made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment

    "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass"

  2. tempered(adj)

    adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element

    "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy"


  1. tempered(Adjective)

    Of one's disposition.

    The Pyncheon Elm, throughout its great circumference, was all alive, and full of the morning sun and a sweet-tempered little breeze, which lingered within this verdant sphere, and set a thousand leafy tongues a-whispering all at once. This aged tree appeared to have suffered nothing from the gale. u2014 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 19.

  2. tempered(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the metallurgical process for finishing metals.

    1851 "Not forged!" and snatching Perth's levelled iron from the crotch, Ahab held it out, exclaiming -- "Look ye, Nantucketer; here in this hand I hold his death! Tempered in blood, and tempered by lightning are these barbs; and I swear to temper them triply in that hot place behind the fin, where the white whale most feels his accursed life!" u2014 Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

  3. tempered(Adjective)

    Of something moderated or balanced by other considerations.

    1792 The downcast eye, the rosy blush, the retiring grace, are all proper in their season; but modesty, being the child of reason, cannot long exist with the sensibility that is not tempered by reflection u2014 Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

  4. tempered(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the well-tempered scale, where the twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard are tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in any major or minor key and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tempered

    of Temper

  2. Tempered(adj)

    brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such) a temper; -- chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempered in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempered in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tempered in a Sentence

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru:

    A theory must be tempered with reality.

  2. Thomas Carlyle:

    France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

  4. Wilson Mizner:

    The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.

  5. Wilson Mizner:

    The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.

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