Origin of tempered
- the degree of hardness and strength imparted to a metal, as by quenching, heat treatment, or cold working.
- the percentage of carbon in tool steel.
- the operation of tempering.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of temper
Synonyms for temper
Related Words for temperedmitigate, ease, alleviate, assuage, lessen, soften, soothe, dilute, restrain, abate, curb, mollify, allay, cool, weaken, palliate, soft-pedal, relieve, revamp, switch
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Contemporary Examples of tempered
But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
It is illegal in China for a government official to keep a mistress, yet this has not tempered the trend.China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages
April 14, 2014
Unfortunately, the calamity of a potential default has tempered neither judgment nor passion.The GOP’s Backdoor Impeachment Scheme
October 14, 2013
But this year, tempered by loss and a desire to rebrand, the crazy quotient was diminished if far from extinguished.More Sarah Palin Than Ronald Reagan: CPAC’s Paranoid Style
March 16, 2013
All of them have tempered their beliefs and describe themselves as Islamist modernizers.Al Qaeda’s Top Recruiting Tool: The CIA
February 20, 2013
Historical Examples of tempered
It came from the furnace of the Revolution, tempered to the necessities of the times.
They are not necessary; they might be avoided; at their worst they could be tempered.The Conquest of Fear
His dismissal from the staff was a wise move, tempered by unexpected clemency.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I don't care who hears me," Adams said, harshly, though he tempered his loudness.Alice Adams
It was a hot morning in June, tempered by a wind from the north-west.Salted With Fire
- (of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperamentSee temperament
- (of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure
- to adjust the frequency differences between the notes of a scale on (a keyboard instrument) in order to allow modulation into other keys
- to make such an adjustment to the pitches of notes in (a scale)
Word Origin for temper
late 14c., "due proportion of elements or qualities," from temper (v.). The sense of "characteristic state of mind" is first recorded 1590s; that of "calm state of mind" in c.1600; and that of "angry state of mind" (for bad temper) in 1828. Meaning "degree of hardness and resiliency in steel" is from late 15c.
late Old English temprian "to bring to a proper or suitable state, to modify some excessive quality, to restrain within due limits," from Latin temperare "to mix correctly, moderate, regulate, blend," usually described as from tempus "time, season" (see temporal), with a sense of "proper time or season," but the sense history is obscure. Meaning "to make (steel) hard and elastic" is from late 14c. Sense of "to tune the pitch of a musical instrument" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Tempered; tempering.
see hold one's temper; lose one's temper.