But for all its flaws, we need it and other mechanisms to temper justice with mercy.
He also noted that having Kanye West on the cover would likely temper some of the brand identity criticism.
Asked if Morlock had a temper, Smith said, "He's an aggressive kid, no question about it."
The only problem is when they let their temper get the better of them and they do something they later regret.
True, Jacob has to watch his temper so he doesn't hurt her when he shape-shifts into wolf form, but he'll soon outgrow that phase.
So that her next attempt to draw him out was edged with temper.
If the ladies had your temper, we should have a heaven upon earth.
He had not improved in temper, when he was summoned in to dinner.
"I don't know, nor do I care," snapped Aaron, who appeared to be out of temper.
He evidently did not know the speed of the animal I was mounted on, or my temper.
late Old English temprian "to bring to a proper or suitable state, to modify some excessive quality, to restrain within due limits," from Latin temperare "to mix correctly, moderate, regulate, blend," usually described as from tempus "time, season" (see temporal), with a sense of "proper time or season," but the sense history is obscure. Meaning "to make (steel) hard and elastic" is from late 14c. Sense of "to tune the pitch of a musical instrument" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Tempered; tempering.
late 14c., "due proportion of elements or qualities," from temper (v.). The sense of "characteristic state of mind" is first recorded 1590s; that of "calm state of mind" in c.1600; and that of "angry state of mind" (for bad temper) in 1828. Meaning "degree of hardness and resiliency in steel" is from late 15c.
temper tem·per (těm'pər)
A state of mind or emotions; mood.
A tendency to become easily angry or irritable.
An outburst of rage.