Definitions for: Temperance


[n] the act of tempering
[n] abstaining from excess
[n] the trait of avoiding excesses



Webster (1913) Definition: Tem"per*ance, n. [L. temperantia: cf. F.
temp['e]rance. See Temper, v. t.]
1. 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.

2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
[R.] ``A gentleman of all temperance.'' --Shak.

He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance.
--Spenser.

3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature. [Obs.]
``Tender and delicate temperance.'' --Shak.

Temperance society, an association formed for the purpose
of diminishing or stopping the use of alcoholic liquors as
a beverage.

Synonyms: moderation, sobriety

Antonyms: intemperance

See Also: abstemiousness, abstinence, combination, combining, compounding, control, natural virtue, restraint, sobriety

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