Temperance Tem"per*ance, n. [L. temperantia: cf. F. temp['e]rance. See {Temper}, v. t.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness. [R.] ``A gentleman of all temperance.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature. [Obs.] ``Tender and delicate temperance.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Temperance society}, an association formed for the purpose of diminishing or stopping the use of alcoholic liquors as a beverage. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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