contemper

transitive verb con·tem·per \kənˈtempə(r)\

Definition of contemper

-ed/-ing/-s

archaic

  1. :  to moderate by mixing :  blend, qualify, adapt

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Origin and Etymology of contemper

Latin contemperare, from com- + temperare to temper — more at temper


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