- 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.
- Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.(R)"A gentleman of all temperance." [Shak.]"He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance." [Spenser.]
- State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.(Obs)"Tender and delicate temperance." [Shak.]
Etymology: L. temperantia: cf. F. tempérance. See Temper (v. t.)