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Definition of TEMPERANCE

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Temperance \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness. [R.] "A gentleman of all temperance." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature. [Obs.]
        "Tender and delicate temperance." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {Temperance society}, an association formed for the purpose of diminishing or stopping the use of alcoholic liquors as a beverage. [1913 Webster]

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

82 Moby Thesaurus words for "temperance": Rechabitism, abnegation, abstemiousness, abstinence, asceticism, austerity, calm, calmness, cardinal virtues, charity, conservatism, constraint, continence, control, cool, dispassion, eschewal, evenness, faith, forbearance, forgoing, fortitude, gentleness, golden mean, gravity, happy medium, hope, impartiality, judiciousness, juste-milieu, justice, lenity, love, measure, meden agan, middle way, mildness, moderateness, moderation, moderationism, mortification, natural virtues, neutrality, nonviolence, nothing in excess, pacifism, prohibition, prudence, reasonableness, refrainment, repose, restraint, sacrifice, sedateness, self-abnegation, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-restraint, serenity, seriousness, sober-mindedness, soberness, sobersidedness, sobersides, sobriety, solemnity, stability, staidness, steadiness, supernatural virtues, teetotalism, temperateness, theological virtues, tranquillity, undrunkenness, unexcessiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness, uninebriatedness, unintoxicatedness, via media


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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