attemper

[uh-tem-per]
verb (used with object) Archaic.
  1. to modify or moderate by mixing or blending with something different or opposite.
  2. to regulate or modify the temperature of.
  3. to soothe; mollify; mitigate.
  4. to accommodate; adapt (usually followed by to).

Origin of attemper

1325–75; Middle English attemperen < Latin attemperāre to adjust (see at-, temper); replacing Middle English attempren < Middle French attemprer < Latin, as above
Related formsun·at·tem·pered, adjective
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attemper

verb (tr) archaic
  1. to modify by blending; temper
  2. to moderate or soothe
  3. to accommodate or bring into harmony
Derived Formsattemperment, noun
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Word Origin and History for attemper
v.

late 14c., from Old French attemprer, from Latin attemperare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + temperare (see temper (v.)). Related: Attempered; attempering.

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