temperate

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Etymology[edit]

Latin temperatus, past participle of temperare (moderate, forbear, combine properly). See temper.

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Adjective[edit]

temperate (comparative more temperate, superlative most temperate)

  1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
    • (Can we [[:Category:Requests for quotation/William Shakespeare|find and add]] a quotation of William Shakespeare to this entry?)[[Category:Requests for quotation/William Shakespeare|temperate]]:
      She is not hot, but temperate as the morn.
    • (Can we [[:Category:Requests for quotation/Alfred, Lord Tennyson|find and add]] a quotation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson to this entry?)[[Category:Requests for quotation/Alfred, Lord Tennyson|temperate]]:
      That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings.
  2. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Franklin to this entry?)
      Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.
  3. Proceeding from temperance.
    • (Can we [[:Category:Requests for quotation/Alexander Pope|find and add]] a quotation of Alexander Pope to this entry?)[[Category:Requests for quotation/Alexander Pope|temperate]]:
      The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air.
  4. Living in an environment that is temperate, not extreme.
    temperate fishes

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  • (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.

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Verb[edit]

temperate (third-person singular simple present temperates, present participle temperating, simple past and past participle temperated)

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

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

temperate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of temperare
  2. second-person plural imperative of temperare
  3. feminine plural of temperato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

temperāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of temperō