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tempered, treated, hardened, toughenedadjective
made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment
"a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass"
adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element
"criticism tempered with kindly sympathy"
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. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 19.
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!" Herman Melville, Moby Dick.
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 Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Disposed with regard to the passions.
Etymology: from temper.
When was my lord so much ungently tempered,
To stop his ears against admonishment? William Shakespeare.
Tempered generally refers to a process applied to improve the strength and durability of a material, often metal or glass, by heating and then cooling it. It can also describe something that is moderated, restrained, or made less extreme in some way. In a psychological context, it can refer to a person who is calm, composed, and self-controlled, not easily provoked to anger.
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
The numerical value of tempered in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of tempered in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.
For parents of children who are born premature or with other medical complications, the joy of a new baby is tempered with worry, the medicalized environment in which the baby is placed in the days and weeks following delivery is unfamiliar and at times frightening for parents.
...One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
Leonard Nimoy showed a young, nerdy, bullied me that not only could science be important and valued, but it could literally save entire ships, planets, and galaxies of lives, as I grew up, he taught me that reason could be tempered with humor. That learned adults still had more to learn. That feminism and opposing prejudice was vital. And that there is no age too late to reinvent yourself.
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