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Meaning of TEMPERANCE

Pronunciation:  'tempuruns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the act of tempering
  2. [n]  abstaining from excess
  3. [n]  the trait of avoiding excesses
 

TEMPERANCE is a 10 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: moderation, sobriety
 
 Antonyms: intemperance
 
 See Also: abstemiousness, abstinence, combination, combining, compounding, control, natural virtue, restraint, sobriety

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tem"per*ance\, n. [L. temperantia: cf. F.
temp['e]rance. See {Temper}, v. t.]
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.
   [R.] ``A gentleman of all temperance.'' --Shak.

         He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance.
                                               --Spenser.

3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature. [Obs.]
   ``Tender and delicate temperance.'' --Shak.

{Temperance society}, an association formed for the purpose
   of diminishing or stopping the use of alcoholic liquors as
   a beverage.

 

 

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