Attemper
Attemper At*tem"per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attempered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attempering}.] [OF. atemprer, fr. L. attemperare; ad + temperare to soften, temper. See {Temper}, and cf. {Attemperate}.] 1. To reduce, modify, or moderate, by mixture; to temper; to regulate, as temperature. [1913 Webster]

If sweet with bitter . . . were not attempered still. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. To soften, mollify, or moderate; to soothe; to temper; as, to attemper rigid justice with clemency. [1913 Webster]

3. To mix in just proportion; to regulate; as, a mind well attempered with kindness and justice. [1913 Webster]

4. To accommodate; to make suitable; to adapt. [1913 Webster]

Arts . . . attempered to the lyre. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word is now not much used, the verb temper taking its place. [1913 Webster]


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