sophrosyne

[suh-fros-uh-nee]

noun

moderation; discretion; prudence.

Compare hubris.

Origin of sophrosyne

< Greek sōphrosýnē, derivative of sṓphrōn prudent
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n.

the quality of wise moderation; Greek, "prudence, moderation in desires, discretion, temperance," from sophron "of sound mind, prudent, temperate" (see Sophronia).

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