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  1. moderation; discretion; prudence.
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Compare hubris.

Origin of sophrosyne

< Greek sōphrosýnē, derivative of sṓphrōn prudent
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  • The virtue on which they insisted was sophrosyne, knowing the limits which nature fixes for human conduct and keeping within them.

    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law

    Roscoe Pound

Word Origin and History for sophrosyne


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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