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moderate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of moderate

  1. 1 avoiding extremes in behavior or expression he was only a moderate drinker, generally stopping after a couple of glasses of wine Synonyms temperate Related Words controlled, curbed, disciplined, inhibited, restrained, self-controlled, self-denying, self-disciplined; calculated, deliberate, measured; levelheaded, rational, reasonable, sensible; average, mediocre, medium, modest, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine (or run-of-mine), so-so; normal, ordinary, regular, routine, typical, usual Near Antonyms excessive, extreme, inordinate, radical; irrational, unreasonable, unreasoning; extremist, fanatic (or fanatical), rabid; unbridled, unchecked, uncontrolled, unrestrained Antonyms immoderate, intemperate

  2. 2 avoiding major social change or extreme political ideas the principal's moderate position on cell phones is that students can use them at school but only for emergencies Synonyms central, centrist, middle-of-the-road Related Words conventional, nonrevolutionary, orthodox, traditional; levelheaded, rational, reasonable, sensible; neutral Near Antonyms excessive; conservative, reactionary, rightist; leftist, liberal, progressive; fanatic (or fanatical), rabid, subversive, violent; agitating, exciting, fomenting, incendiary, inciting, inflammatory, instigating, provocative, provoking; rabble-rousing; dissenting Antonyms extremist, radical, revolutionary, revolutionist, ultra

  3. 3 being about midway between extremes of amount or size a moderate snowfall was forecast for the region Synonyms average, intermediate, mean, median, medium, middling, midsize (also midsized), middle, modestRelated Words reasonable; common, commonplace, conventional, normal, popular, regular, routine, standard, typical, usual; adequate, passable, tolerableNear Antonyms excessive, extreme; exceptional, rare, strange, uncommon, unusual; distinctive, idiosyncratic, special, unique; individual, peculiar, private

  4. 4 marked by temperatures that are neither too high nor too low a city that is celebrated for its moderate climate Synonyms balmy, equable, genial, gentle, mild, clement, soft, temperateRelated Words clear, cloudless, fair, rainless, sunny, sunshiny; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, tranquil; delightful, fine, pleasantNear Antonyms blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, rough, squally, stormy, windy; misty, rainy, showery; bleak, cloudy, dismal, foggy, gloomy, gray (also grey), hazy, overcast, sunless; bitter, dirty, foul, nasty, rawAntonyms harsh, inclement, intemperate, severe


moderate

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of moderate

  1. a person who holds moderate views to the community's detriment, moderates were often shouted down at town meetings by the local hotheads Synonyms middle-of-the-roader, centristRelated Words progressive, reformer; accommodationist, compromiserNear Antonyms conservative, reactionary, rightist, right-winger; leftist, left-winger, liberalAntonyms extremist, radical, revolutionary, revolutionist, ultraist


moderate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of moderate

  1. to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually the wind began to moderate as the night wore on Synonyms abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, decrease, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, waneRelated Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflateNear Antonyms appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthenAntonyms accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax


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