temperature
noun Etymology: Latin temperatura mixture, moderation, from temperatus, past participle of temperare Date: 1533 1. archaic a. complexion 1 b. temperament 3b 2. a. degree of hotness or coldness measured on a definite scale b. the degree of heat that is natural to the body of a living being c. abnormally high body heat <
running a temperature
>
3. a. relative state of emotional warmth <
scandals raised the political temperature
>
b. mood <
testing the temperature of voters
>

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