Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage.
They have somehow managed to stay rooted in a time when greed was tempered by civic morality.
But that argument must take place with a steady view of hard realities, tempered by the discipline of practical reason.
Second, empathy has tempered you to the point of righteousness.
But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness.
It came from the furnace of the Revolution, tempered to the necessities of the times.
Saxham's voice was cold as ice and cutting as tempered steel.
It is not a toy, but a useful article, made of cutlery steel, tempered and highly nickeled.
But with both of us it was tempered by the knowledge of what was in store.
My reading was less p. 11one-sided than my politics, and my republicanism was tempered by an unwavering worship of “Lothair.”
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.