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tempered

[ tem-perd ]
/ ˈtɛm pərd /
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adjective

having a temper or disposition of a specified character (usually used in combination): a good-tempered child.
Music. tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, especially tuned in equal temperament.
made less intense or violent, especially by the influence of something good or benign: justice tempered with mercy.
properly moistened or mixed, as clay.
Metallurgy. of or relating to steel or cast iron that has been tempered.

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Origin of tempered

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at temper, -ed2, -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM tempered

non·tem·pered, adjectiveun·tem·pered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tempered

tempered
/ (ˈtɛmpəd) /

adjective

music
  1. (of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperamentSee temperament
  2. (of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure
(in combination) having a temper or temperament as specifiedill-tempered
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