Definition: Temperate

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Latin temperatus, past participle of temperare. See Temper.




  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. Shakespeare
    • 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.
    • The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air. Pope.

Derived terms

  • (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.



  1. (obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.
    • It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath. Marston.


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