Definition of well–tempered

  1. 1a obsolete :  properly constituted physically a strong well-tempered stomach — Algernon Sydney b :  having a good or equable disposition; especially :  good-natured a discreet and well-tempered officer — George Grote

  2. 2 :  treated so as to develop the desired degree of hardness and elasticity well-tempered steel a well-tempered sword blade

  3. 3 :  mixed to the proper consistency —used especially of mortar and clay

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Origin and Etymology of well–tempered

Middle English wel temperit, from wel well + temperit tempered

First Known Use: 14th century

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a brief usually trivial fact

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