at·​tem·​per | \ əˈtempə(r), aˈ- \
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Definition of attemper

1 obsolete : regulate, control, order
2 archaic
3a archaic : to reduce, modify, or moderate by mixture
b : to modify the temperature of : make (as air) warmer or colder
4 archaic : to make suitable : accommodate, adapt
5 archaic : to bring into harmony : attune

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History and Etymology for attemper

Middle English attempren, from Middle French atemprer, from Latin attemperare to adjust, accommodate, from ad- + temperare to temper

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“Attemper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attemper. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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