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temperance

noun

  1. (natural virtue)  the trait of avoiding excesses
    Synonyms: moderation. Type of: natural virtue. Type of: restraint
  2. (abstinence)  abstaining from excess
    Synonyms: sobriety, temp. [abbreviation]. Type of: abstinence
  3. (combination)  the act of tempering
    Synonyms: temp. [abbreviation]. Type of: combination

Etymology summary

"self-restraint, moderation", from Anglo-French temperaunce (mid-13th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

temperance

restraint or moderation, especially in yielding to one's appetites or desires | abstinence from alcoholic drink (15 of 353 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Temperance [disambiguation]

may refer to: Temperance (virtue), habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion | Temperance (group), Canadian dance-pop musical group | Temperance (Tarot card), Major Arcana Tarot card | Temperance, album by Astrud Gilberto |... (34 of 172 words, 14 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

temperance | restraint [synonym, sense-specific] | moderateness [synonym, sense-specific] | moderation [synonym, sense-specific] | temperateness [synonym, sense-specific] | excessiveness [antonym, sense-specific] | immoderacy [antonym, sense-specific] | immoderateness [antonym, sense-specific] | immoderation [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

moderation in action, thought, or feeling; "restraint" | habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions ; moderation in or ... (21 of 158 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

temperance | temperances [plural] | temperaunce [sense-specific] | intemperance [antonym, sense-specific] | gluttony [antonym, sense-specific] | moderation [synonym, sense-specific] | patience [synonym, sense-specific] | sedateness [synonym, sense-specific] | temperature [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; ... | Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness. | One of the seven heavenly virtues. | [obsolete] State with regard... (34 of 88 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

temperance

abstinence from alcoholic drink (4 of 53 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

temperance [uncountable]

the practice of not drinking alcohol and the belief that it's wrong to do so | the ability to control yourself, especially in eating and drinking (25 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/temperance

New World Dictionary:

temperance

the state or quality of being temperate; self-restraint in conduct, expression, indulgence of the appetites, etc.; moderation | moderation in drinking ... (20 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

temperance

moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control. | habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, ... (19 of 40 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/temperance

Cambridge Dictionary:

temperance [formal]

control of your own behaviour, such as not drinking or eating too much | the habit of not drinking alcohol because you believe it's dangerous or wrong (26 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/temperance

American Heritage Dictionary:

temperance

Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression. | Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors. (18 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

temperance

total abstinence from alcoholic drink | self-restraint in the face of temptation or desire (13 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861718955​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

temperance

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "self-restraint, moderation", from Anglo-French temperaunce (mid-13th century), from Latin temperantia "moderation", from ... (14 of 63 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=temperance

Merriam-Webster:

temperance

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin temperantia, from temperant-, temperans, present participle of temperare to moderate, be moderate

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/temperance

New World Dictionary:

temperance

Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Latin temperantia, moderation, sobriety from present participle of temperare: see "temper"

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Oxford Dictionary:

temperance

Origin: Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French temperaunce, from Latin temperantia "moderation", from temperare "restrain"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/temperance

Collins Dictionary:

temperance

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin temperantia, from temperāre to regulate

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/temperance

Wiktionary:

temperance | temperances [plural]

Origin: See etymology of "to temper".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/temperance

Audio references

Wiktionary:

temperance | temperances [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "temperance"

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Collins Dictionary:

temperance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "temperance"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

temperance [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "temperance"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/temperance

Macmillan British Dictionary:

temperance [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "temperance"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

temperance [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "temperance"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "temperance"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/temperance

the Free Dictionary:

temperance

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "temperance"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "temperance"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "temperance" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

temperance

Audio: English pronunciation of "temperance"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

temperance

Audio: North American pronunciation of "temperance"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=temper​09 word=temperance

YourDictionary Audio:

temperance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "temperance" by speech synthesizer

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