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temperance

noun tem·per·ance \ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s, -pərn(t)s\

: the practice of drinking little or no alcohol

: the practice of always controlling your actions, thoughts, or feelings so that you do not eat or drink too much, become too angry, etc.

Full Definition of TEMPERANCE

1
:  moderation in action, thought, or feeling :  restraint
2
a :  habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions
b :  moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages
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Examples of TEMPERANCE

  1. The minister preached about temperance.
  2. <my father attributes his ripe old age to temperance in all things, especially eating and drinking>

Origin of TEMPERANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin temperantia, from temperant-, temperans, present participle of temperare to moderate, be moderate
First Known Use: 14th century
TEMPERANCE Defined for Kids

temperance

noun tem·per·ance \ˈtem-pə-rəns, -prəns\

Definition of TEMPERANCE for Kids

1
:  control over actions, thoughts, or feelings
2
:  the use of little or no liquor

Word Root of TEMPERANCE

The Latin word temperāre, meaning to make mild, to control, or to soften, gives us the root temper. Words from the Latin temperāre have something to do with mildness or control. To temper is to soften or make something less strong or difficult. Someone temperamental has little control over her or his mood and reactions to people and events. Temperature, or the degree of hotness or coldness, tells whether something is mild, too hot, or too cold.
Medical Dictionary

temperance

noun tem·per·ance \ˈtem-p(ə-)rən(t)s, -pərn(t)s\

Medical Definition of TEMPERANCE

:  habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions; specifically :  moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages

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