Examples of temperance in a Sentence
The minister preached about temperance.
my father attributes his ripe old age to temperance in all things, especially eating and drinking
Recent Examples of temperance from the Web
Xi’s temperance movement | China’s president is preparing for a big Communist Party reshuffle this year with a return to his signature campaign against lavish consumption.
Temperance crusaders were mostly backward cultural conservatives.
A Cold Water Army of boys pledged lifelong temperance.
In that time, as Mary Jergenson points out in the Petoskey News, Pierce lived through the Civil War and witnessed the temperance movement.
On the other hand, officials also worried that coffeehouses encouraged male dawdling and sloth, not industry and work—a criticism later echoed by anti-alcohol temperance campaigners worldwide.
Dow led the temperance movement in Maine, records the New England Historical Society.
An tankard made in the 18th century was refashioned into a milk can in the 19th century, to reflect Industrial Revolution-era temperance movements.
Helping the cause of the 101st running are the numerous story lines serving as a backdrop: — Speeds are back after years of temperance.
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Did You Know?
Since temperance means basically "moderation", you might assume that, with respect to alcohol, temperance would mean moderate consumption, or "social drinking". Instead, the word has usually meant the prohibition of all alcohol. To temperance leaders such as Carry Nation, the safest form of drinking was no alcohol at all. Believing she was upholding the law, Nation began her hatchet-swinging attacks on saloons, known as "hatchetations", in the 1890s. National prohibition did eventually come—and go—but largely through the efforts of more temperate (that is, moderate) reformers.
Origin and Etymology of temperance
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsmoderateness, moderation, temperateness
Antonymsexcessiveness, immoderacy, immoderateness, immoderation, intemperance, intemperateness
Related Wordsconstraint, control, discipline, restraint, self-control, self-discipline; middle-of-the-roadism; asceticism, austerity, frugality, mortification, sacrifice, self-command, self-containment, self-denial, self-mastery; abnegation, abstention, avoidance, eschewal, forbearance; rationality, rationalness, reasonability, reasonableness, sensibility, sensibleness; abstinence, soberness, sobriety, teetotalism
Near Antonymsexcess, superfluity; extremeness, extremity; unconstraint, unrestraint; extremism, radicalness; irrationality, unreasonableness; insobriety
TEMPERANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of temperance for English Language Learners
: 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.
TEMPERANCE Defined for Kids
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