Temperate Tem"per*ate, a. [L. temperatus, p. p. of temperare. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate. [1913 Webster]

2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language. [1913 Webster]

She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking. [1913 Webster]

Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

4. Proceeding from temperance. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Temperate zone} (Geog.), that part of the earth which lies between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle; -- so called because the heat is less than in the torrid zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Abstemious; sober; calm; cool; sedate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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