Attempering
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • attempering — v. moderate, soften, tone down; toughen, harden …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attemperation — At*tem per*a tion, n. The act of attempering or regulating. [Archaic] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attempered — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attemper — late 14c., from O.Fr. attemprer, from L. attemperare, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + temperare (see TEMPER (Cf. temper) (v.)). Related: Attempered; attempering …   Etymology dictionary

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