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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).
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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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Examples from the Web for attemper

Historical Examples

  • Lifted sashes and lofty ceilings were insufficient to attemper it.

    Arthur Mervyn

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • Her eye proclaims her of the Briton-line; Her lion-port, her awe-commanding face, Attemper'd sweet to virgin-grace.

  • It was evident that neither fire nor clothing would, in an habitation like that, attemper the chilling blasts.

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • Of his answer we require you to advertise us with all diligence, for according thereunto we intend to attemper our proceedings.

British Dictionary definitions for attemper


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


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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