un·​tem·​pered ˌən-ˈtem-pərd How to pronounce untempered (audio)
: not tempered: such as
: not moderated or made less extreme
… a devotion to universal values untempered by any respect for the concrete well-being of men and women.Zygmunt Bauman
: not brought to a proper consistency
untempered mortar

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, Ketanji Brown Jackson faced untempered and blatantly racist vitriol during her confirmation hearings as the nominee to become the first Black woman to serve as a United States Supreme Court justice. Ebony Flake, Essence, 15 Dec. 2022 The show’s version of Julia, played with spiky finesse by the British actor Sarah Lancashire, brings untempered hunger to joyful life. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 Tabal also sells the untempered chocolate in bulk in different single-origin flavors. Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2022 To avoid burns and inadvertently shattering any untempered glass, always wait until the oven is completely cool to wipe down glass, walls, and racks. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 7 Dec. 2020 Participants will work in pairs to formulate a single-origin or blended dark chocolate, and will leave with a bag of nibs and about a pound of finished, untempered chocolate for snacking or baking. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Aug. 2019 These granules are still sharp, but should do less damage than the long shards of untempered glass. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of untempered was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Untempered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untempered. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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