Contemper Con*tem"per (k[o^]n*t[e^]m"p[~e]r), v. t. [L. contemperare, -temperatum; con- + temperare to temper. Cf. {Contemperate}.] To modify or temper; to allay; to qualify; to moderate; to soften. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The antidotes . . . have allayed its bitterness and contempered its malignancy. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

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  • contemper — con·tem·per …   English syllables

  • contemper — kənˈtempə(r) transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Latin contemperare, from com + temperare to temper more at temper archaic : to moderate by mixing : blend, qualify, adapt …   Useful english dictionary

  • Contemperate — Con*tem per*ate (k[o^]n*t[e^]m p[ e]r*[=a]t), v. t. [See {Contemper}.] To temper; to moderate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Moisten and contemperate the air. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moderation — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Moderation >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 moderation moderation lenity &c. 740 Sgm: N 1 temperateness temperateness gentleness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 sobriety sobriety Sgm: N 1 quiet quiet …   English dictionary for students

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