1. To pierce; to attack. [Obs.]
2. To broach; to begin.
And right anon his tale he hath attamed.
(At*tam"i*nate) v. t. [L. attaminare; ad + root of tangere. See Contaminate.] To corrupt; to
defile; to contaminate. [Obs.] Blount.
(At"tar) n. [Per. 'atar perfume, essence, Ar. 'itr, fr. 'atara to smell sweet. Cf. Otto.] A fragrant
essential oil; esp., a volatile and highly fragrant essential oil obtained from the petals of roses. [Also
written otto and ottar.]
(At*task") v. t. [Pref. a- + task.] To take to task; to blame. Shak.
(At*taste) v. t. [Pref. a- + taste.] To taste or cause to taste. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(At"te) At the. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(At*tem"per) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attempered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Attempering.] [OF. atemprer,
fr. L. attemperare; ad + temperare to soften, temper. See Temper, and cf. Attemperate.]
1. To reduce, modify, or moderate, by mixture; to temper; to regulate, as temperature.
If sweet with bitter . . . were not attempered still.
2. To soften, mollify, or moderate; to soothe; to temper; as, to attemper rigid justice with clemency.
3. To mix in just proportion; to regulate; as, a mind well attempered with kindness and justice.
4. To accommodate; to make suitable; to adapt.
Arts . . . attempered to the lyre.
This word is now not much used, the verb temper taking its place.
(At*tem"per*a*ment) n. [OF. attemprement.] A tempering, or mixing in due proportion.
(At*tem"per*ance) n. [Cf. OF. atemprance.] Temperance; attemperament. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(At*tem"per*ate) a. [L. attemperatus, p. p. of attemperare. See Attemper.] Tempered; proportioned; properly
Hope must be . . . attemperate to the promise.
(At*tem"per*ate) v. t. To attemper. [Archaic]
(At*tem`per*a"tion) n. The act of attempering or regulating. [Archaic] Bacon.
(At*tem"per*ly), adv. Temperately. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(At*tem"per*ment) n. Attemperament.
(At*tempt") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attempted; p. pr. & vb. n. Attempting.] [OF. atenter, also
spelt atempter, F. attenter, fr. L. attentare to attempt; ad + tentare, temptare, to touch, try, v. intens.
of tendere to stretch. See Tempt, and cf. Attend.]