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Definition of Temperate


  1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.
  2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language.
  3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.
  4. Proceeding from temperance.
  5. To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.

Temperate Quotations

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Virginia Woolf

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.

A drunkard is one thing, and a temperate man is quite another.
Arthur Keith

New England waters are some of my favorite - they are some of the richest waters because they are temperate waters and nutrient-rich, and therefore provide food for so many animals, from giant whales to sharks to everything else.
Brian Skerry
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Temperate Translations

temperate in Dutch is nuchter, bezadigd, sober, matig
temperate in French is sobre
temperate in Italian is moderato
temperate in Latin is siccus
temperate in Spanish is moderado, templado
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