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temperance

Noun

1 the trait of avoiding excesses [syn: moderation] [ant: intemperance]
2 abstaining from excess [syn: sobriety]
3 the act of tempering

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Etymology

See etymology of "to temper".

Noun

  1. 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. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
  3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.

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Translations

habitual moderation
moderation of passion

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