well-tempered

adjective

Definition of well-tempered

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 : treated so as to develop the desired degree of hardness and elasticity well-tempered steel a well-tempered sword blade
3 : mixed to the proper consistency used especially of mortar and clay

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First Known Use of well-tempered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for well-tempered

Middle English wel temperit, from wel well + temperit tempered

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“Well-tempered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-tempered. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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