Temerous to Templed
(Tem"er*ous) a. Temerarious. [Obs.]
(Tem*pe"an) a. Of or pertaining to Temple, a valley in Thessaly, celebrated by Greek poets
on account of its beautiful scenery; resembling Temple; hence, beautiful; delightful; charming.
(Tem"per) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tempering.] [AS. temprian or
OF. temper, F. tempérer, and (in sense 3) temper, L. temperare, akin to tempus time. Cf. Temporal,
1. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to modify, as by adding some new element; to
qualify, as by an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage; to soothe; to calm.
Puritan austerity was so tempered by Dutch indifference, that mercy itself could not have dictated a
Woman! lovely woman! nature made theeOtway.
To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
But thy fireByron.
Shall be more tempered, and thy hope far higher.
She [the Goddess of Justice] threw darkness and clouds about her, that tempered the light into a thousand
beautiful shades and colors.Addison.
2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
Thy sustenance . . . serving to the appetite of the eater, tempered itself to every man's liking.Wisdom
3. (Metal.) To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel.
The tempered metals clash, and yield a silver sound.Dryden.
4. To govern; to manage. [A Latinism & Obs.]
With which the damned ghosts he governeth,Spenser.
And furies rules, and Tartare tempereth.
5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding,
6. (Mus.) To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual scale, or to that in actual use.
Syn. To soften; mollify; assuage; soothe; calm.
1. The state of any compound substance which results from the mixture of various ingredients; due mixture
of different qualities; just combination; as, the temper of mortar.
2. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors,
blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
The exquisiteness of his [Christ's] bodily temper increased the exquisiteness of his torment.Fuller.