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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Temperate \Tem"per*ate\, verb (used with an object) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper. [Obs.]

It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath. --Marston.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Temperate \Tem"per*ate\, adjective [L. temperatus, p. p. of temperare. See {Temper}, verb (used with an object)]

1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.

2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language.

She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. --Shak.

That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings. --Tennyson.

3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.

Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. --Franklin.

4. Proceeding from temperance. [R.]

The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air. --Pope.

{Temperate zone} (Geog.), that part of the earth which lies between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle; -- so called because the heat is less than in the torrid zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones.

Syn: Abstemious; sober; calm; cool; sedate.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

temperate

adjective

1: (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate; "a temperate region"; "the temperate zones"; "temperate plants" [ant: {intemperate}]

2: not extreme in behavior; "temperate in his habits"; "a temperate response to an insult"; "temperate in his eating and drinking" [ant: {intemperate}]

3: not extreme; "a moderate penalty"; "temperate in his response to criticism" [syn: {moderate}, {temperate}]


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