Latin temperatus, past participle of temperare. See Temper.
- Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.
- Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language.
- She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. Shakespeare
- That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings. Tennyson.
- 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.
- Proceeding from temperance.
- The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air. Pope.
- (geology) temperate zone, 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.
- (obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.
- It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath. Marston.
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