Definitions for: Tempered


[adj] adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element; "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy"
[adj] made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tem"pered, a.
Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such)
a temper; -- chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered
or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword.

Synonyms: annealed, baked, burned, burnt, diluted, hardened, moderated, qualified, sunbaked, toned down(p), toughened, treated, tuned

Antonyms: unhardened, untempered




Famous Quotes Containing Tempered:


The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall.

-- Taylor Caldwell (American Author)

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.

-- Voltaire (French Writer)

It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

-- Miguel de Cervantes (Spanish Novelist)

There was a Republican majority of the Senate, and it tempered the nature of the nominations being made.

-- Spencer Abraham (American Politician)

Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.

-- Tacitus (Roman Historian)

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

-- George Orwell (British Author)

Beware the cute, hot guy who kind of reminds you of the parent you don't get along with: your cold, distant father who left when you were a kid or your hot-tempered mother whom you could never please.

-- Merrill Markoe ( Author)

There is no earthly reason why a solo string instrument or voice, having the possibility to play or sing pure intonation, should want, or try, to be tempered.

-- Lara St. John (Canadian Musician)

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

-- Voltaire (French Writer)

It's never the wrong time to call on Toad. Early or late he's always the same fellow. Always good-tempered, always glad to see you, always sorry when you go!

-- Kenneth Grahame (Scottish Novelist)

A spirit, breathing the language of independence, is natural to Englishmen, few of whom are disposed to brook compulsion, or submit to the dictates of others, when not softened by reason, or tempered with kindness.

-- Joseph Lancaster (English Educator)

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

-- Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist)

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.

-- Blaise Pascal (French Philosopher)

A theory must be tempered with reality.

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

-- Voltaire (French Writer)

Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.

-- Pierre Trudeau (Canadian Statesman)

Every day of my life I walk with the idea that I am black, no matter how successful I am. And our success is tempered by that; you're successful in this way given the fact you are black, and most blacks don't get to that point.

-- Danny Glover (American Actor)

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

-- William E. Gladstone (British Leader)

As the war on terrorism spreads and prolongs, the fruits of ending the threat of terrorism around the world will be tempered with a whole new series of problems to be addressed and resolved.

-- Charles Foster Bass (American Politician)

The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.

-- David Letterman (American Comedian)

A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be tempered in the arduous struggle from his youth. As the saying goes, early training means more than late earning.

-- Kim Jong Il (North Korean Leader)

To be a good actor... it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul, to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the laborious task that has barely just been finished.

-- Sarah Bernhardt (French Actress)

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.

-- John F. Kennedy (American President)

The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.

-- Addison Mizner (American Architect)

In course of time, religion came with its rites invoking the aid of good spirits which were even more powerful than the bad spirits, and thus for the time being tempered the agony of fears.

-- Paul Harris ( Entertainer)


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