tem|per|ance


tem|per|ance
tem|per|ance «TEHM puhr uhns, -pruhns», noun.
1. the state or quality of being moderate in action, speech, or habits; self-control: »

Temperance should be applied not only to food and drink but also to work and play.

2. the state or quality of being moderate in the use of alcoholic drinks: »

Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult (Samuel Johnson).

3. the principle and practice of not using alcoholic drinks at all. SYNONYM(S): abstinence.
[< Anglo-French temperaunce, learned borrowing from Latin temperantia moderation < temperāre to temper]

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  • tem·per·ance — /ˈtɛmprəns/ noun [noncount] 1 old fashioned : the practice of drinking little or no alcohol The minister preached about temperance. 2 formal : the practice of always controlling your actions, thoughts, or feelings so that you do not eat or drink… …   Useful english dictionary

  • in|tem|per|ance — «ihn TEHM puhr uhns, pruhns», noun. 1. lack of moderation or self control; excess; immoderation: »His intemperance in eating caused him to become very fat. 2. too much drinking of intoxicating liquor: »Intemperance caused him to become an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|ate|ness — tem|per|ate «TEHM puhr iht, priht», adjective. 1. not very hot, and not very cold: »a temperate climate. 2. moderate; self restrained; using self control: »She spoke in a temperate manner, not favoring either side especially. SYNONYM(S): calm,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|ate|ly — tem|per|ate «TEHM puhr iht, priht», adjective. 1. not very hot, and not very cold: »a temperate climate. 2. moderate; self restrained; using self control: »She spoke in a temperate manner, not favoring either side especially. SYNONYM(S): calm,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem|per|ate — «TEHM puhr iht, priht», adjective. 1. not very hot, and not very cold: »a temperate climate. 2. moderate; self restrained; using self control: »She spoke in a temperate manner, not favoring either side especially. SYNONYM(S): calm, dispassionate …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|er — tem|per «TEHM puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. state of mind; disposition; mood: »She has a sweet temper. She was in no temper to be kept waiting. SYNONYM(S): humor. See syn. under disposition. (Cf. ↑disposition) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|a|ble — tem|per «TEHM puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. state of mind; disposition; mood: »She has a sweet temper. She was in no temper to be kept waiting. SYNONYM(S): humor. See syn. under disposition. (Cf. ↑disposition) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem|per — «TEHM puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. state of mind; disposition; mood: »She has a sweet temper. She was in no temper to be kept waiting. SYNONYM(S): humor. See syn. under disposition. (Cf. ↑disposition) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|a|men´tal|ly — tem|per|a|men|tal «TEHM puhr uh MEHN tuhl, pruh », adjective. 1. subject to moods and whims; easily irritated; sensitive. 2. showing a strongly marked individual temperament. 3. due to temperament; constitutional: »Cats have a temperamental… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem|per|a|men|tal — «TEHM puhr uh MEHN tuhl, pruh », adjective. 1. subject to moods and whims; easily irritated; sensitive. 2. showing a strongly marked individual temperament. 3. due to temperament; constitutional: »Cats have a temperamental dislike for water.… …   Useful english dictionary