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Meaning of temperance by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    See etymology of "to temper" .


    temperance ( plural: temperances )

    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.
    2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness .
    3. One of the seven heavenly virtues .
    4. ( obsolete ) State with regard to heat or cold; temperature .
    5. ( tarot ): temperance; the fourteenth trump or major arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks .

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    • ( virtue ): chastity, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility

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Explanation of temperance by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of tempering

    2. abstaining from excess

    3. the trait of avoiding excesses