- having a temper or disposition of a specified character (usually used in combination): a good-tempered child.
- Music. tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, especially tuned in equal temperament.
- made less intense or violent, especially by the influence of something good or benign: justice tempered with mercy.
- properly moistened or mixed, as clay.
- Metallurgy. of or relating to steel or cast iron that has been tempered.
Origin of tempered
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Examples from the Web for untempered
And the sun poured down its untempered rays on the condemned.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
It could not bear the untempered atmosphere of everyday life.Christianity As A Mystical Fact
He went to the bottom indeed, and did not 'daub with untempered mortar.'George Whitefield
Her justice was severe and unbending, and untempered with mercy.Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2)
Ellen C. Clayton
The wind was pitiless, untempered even by the shelter of a tree or barn.Europe from a Motor Car
- (of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperamentSee temperament
- (of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure
- (in combination) having a temper or temperament as specifiedill-tempered
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Word Origin and History for untempered
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