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temperance (plural temperances)
- 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.
- Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
- One of the seven heavenly virtues.
- (obsolete) State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.
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terms derived from the noun temperance
moderation of passion
one of seven virtues
state with regard to heat or cold — see temperature
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