Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Temperance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Temperance; attemperament.

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  • noun obsolete temperance; attemperament

Etymologies

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Compare Old French atemprance.

Examples

  • And the extremities of wisdom be treachery and folly; the extremities of attemperance be the accomplishment of all fleshly desires, and to do after his will; the extremities of strength be feeble courage and folly; and the extremities of justice be cruelty and default.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • He understood the young man Rocke to be right dear with God, for his cheer, his manners, and his attemperance showed it, wherefore he commended him to Rocke that he should deliver him from the pestilence and conserve him.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • The leaves were jewelled with the tears of the clouds; the camomile smiled with her white petals like a lady's teeth, and the narcissus looked at the rose with her negro's eyes: the citrons shone like cups and the limes like balls of gold, and the earth was carpeted with flowers of all colours; for the Spring was come and the place beamed with its brightness; whilst the birds sang and the stream rippled and the breeze blew softly, for the attemperance of the air.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume I

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