[ tem-perd ]
/ ˈtɛm pərd /


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.

Origin of tempered

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at temper, -ed2, -ed3
Related formsnon·tem·pered, adjectiveun·tem·pered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untempered


/ (ˈtɛmpəd) /


  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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Word Origin and History for untempered



1570s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of temper (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ongetempert, Middle High German ungetempert.

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