[ uh-tem-per ]
/ əˈtɛm pər /

verb (used with object) Archaic.

to modify or moderate by mixing or blending with something different or opposite.
to regulate or modify the temperature of.
to soothe; mollify; mitigate.
to accommodate; adapt (usually followed by to).

Nearby words

  1. attapulgite,
  2. attar,
  3. attar of roses,
  4. attawapiskat,
  5. attelet,
  6. attempt,
  7. attempted,
  8. attenborough,
  9. attend,
  10. attendance

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for attemper


/ (əˈtɛmpə) /

verb (tr) archaic

to modify by blending; temper
to moderate or soothe
to accommodate or bring into harmony
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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