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From Anglo-Norman temperance, from Latin temperantia ‎(moderation, sobriety, discretion, self-control), from temperans, present participle of temperare ‎(to moderate). See temper.


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temperance ‎(plural temperances)

  1. Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; moderation; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; specifically, moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicating liquors.
    • 1877, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
      On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion.
  2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
  3. (obsolete) State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.
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