What does the word temperate mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • not excessive

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Temperately.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Temperateness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Moderate as regards temperature.

Usage examples for temperate

  1. Always sober, always temperate, indulging in no licentious pleasures, sleeping on a mere bear's skin, devoting only a few hours, and even those with regret, to sleep; dividing his time between study and business, generous, susceptible of friendship, and an enemy to all pomp, and pride, and ostentation. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  2. With very little imagination, he possessed great stability himself and great belief in the stability of things in general, a character of the traditional kind known as " northern," though it would be much more just to describe it as the " temperate" or " central" type of man. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  3. Such was the first Partition Treaty, a treaty which has been during five generations confidently and noisily condemned, and for which scarcely any writer has ventured to offer even a timid apology, but which it may perhaps not be impossible to defend by grave and temperate argument. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay