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 for Temper
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Temper \Tem"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Tempering.] [AS. temprian or OF. temper, F. temp['e]rer,
     and (in sense 3) temper, L. temperare, akin to tempus time.
     Cf. Temporal, Distemper, Tamper.]
     1. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to
        modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by
        an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage;
        to soothe; to calm.
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              Puritan austerity was so tempered by Dutch
              indifference, that mercy itself could not have
              dictated a milder system.             --Bancroft.
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              Woman! lovely woman! nature made thee
              To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
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              But thy fire
              Shall be more tempered, and thy hope far higher.
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              She [the Goddess of Justice] threw darkness and
              clouds about her, that tempered the light into a
              thousand beautiful shades and colors. --Addison.
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     2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
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              Thy sustenance . . . serving to the appetite of the
              eater, tempered itself to every man's liking.
                                                    --Wisdom xvi.
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     3. (Metal.) To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to
        temper iron or steel.
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              The tempered metals clash, and yield a silver sound.
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     4. To govern; to manage. [A Latinism & Obs.]
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              With which the damned ghosts he governeth,
              And furies rules, and Tartare tempereth. --Spenser.
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     5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as
        clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc.
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     6. (Mus.) To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual
        scale, or to that in actual use.
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     Syn: To soften; mollify; assuage; soothe; calm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Temper \Tem"per\, n.
     1. The state of any compound substance which results from the
        mixture of various ingredients; due mixture of different
        qualities; just combination; as, the temper of mortar.
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     2. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the
        mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood,
        choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
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              The exquisiteness of his [Christ's] bodily temper
              increased the exquisiteness of his torment.
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     3. Disposition of mind; the constitution of the mind,
        particularly with regard to the passions and affections;
        as, a calm temper; a hasty temper; a fretful temper.
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              Remember with what mild
              And gracious temper he both heared and judged.
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              The consequents of a certain ethical temper. --J. H.
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     4. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as,
        to keep one's temper.
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              To fall with dignity, with temper rise. --Pope.
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              Restore yourselves to your tempers, fathers. --B.
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     5. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger;
        -- in a reproachful sense. [Colloq.]
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     6. The state of a metal or other substance, especially as to
        its hardness, produced by some process of heating or
        cooling; as, the temper of iron or steel.
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     7. Middle state or course; mean; medium. [R.]
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              The perfect lawgiver is a just temper between the
              mere man of theory, who can see nothing but general
              principles, and the mere man of business, who can
              see nothing but particular circumstances.
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     8. (Sugar Works) Milk of lime, or other substance, employed
        in the process formerly used to clarify sugar.
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     Temper screw, in deep well boring, an adjusting screw
        connecting the working beam with the rope carrying the
        tools, for lowering the tools as the drilling progresses.
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     Syn: Disposition; temperament; frame; humor; mood. See
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Temper \Tem"per\, v. i.
     1. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity.
        [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to
        grow soft and pliable.
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              I have him already tempering between my finger and
              my thumb, and shortly will I seal with him. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp
           firewood" [syn: pique, temper, irritation]
      2: a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of
         feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his
         temper at the time"; "he was in a bad humor" [syn: temper,
         mood, humor, humour]
      3: a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was
         well known to all his employees" [syn: temper,
         biliousness, irritability, peevishness, pettishness,
         snappishness, surliness]
      4: the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to
         absorb considerable energy before cracking [syn: temper,
      v 1: bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a
           process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass"
           [syn: anneal, temper, normalize]
      2: harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel" [syn:
         temper, harden]
      3: adjust the pitch (of pianos)
      4: make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding
         something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism" [syn:
         temper, season, mollify]
      5: restrain [syn: chasten, moderate, temper]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  313 Moby Thesaurus words for "temper":
     Irish, abate, adjust, adjust to, allay, alleviate, alter, anger,
     animus, anneal, appease, aptitude, assuage, atmosphere,
     attain majority, attemper, attribute, aura, bad temper, balance,
     bank the fire, be tough, beef up, bent, besprinkle, bias, bloom,
     blunt, body-build, box in, brace, brace up, brand, breathe, brew,
     buttress, calcify, callous, calmness, case harden, cast, character,
     characteristic, characteristics, chasten, chisel temper,
     churlishness, circumscribe, climate, color, come of age,
     come to maturity, complexion, composition, composure, condition,
     confirm, conniption, constituents, constitution, constrain,
     control, cool, coolness, cornify, crasis, cue, curb, cushion, damp,
     dampen, dander, de-emphasize, deaden, decoct, develop, dharma,
     diathesis, die temper, dilute, diminish, disposition, downplay,
     dredge, drift, dull, dye, ease, eccentricity, endure, entincture,
     equanimity, ethos, extenuate, fiber, fierce temper, fiery temper,
     firm, firmness, fit, flavor, fledge, flower, fortify, fossilize,
     frame, frame of mind, fury, genius, gird, grain, grow, grow up,
     habit, hang tough, harden, hardness, hardness scale, heart,
     heat treating, hedge, hedge about, hot blood, hot temper,
     hotheadedness, hue, huffishness, humor, humors, idiosyncrasy, ilk,
     ill humor, ill temper, imbrue, imbue, impregnate, inclination,
     indenter, individualism, individuality, indurate, infiltrate,
     infuse, instill, invigorate, irascibility, ire, irritability,
     irritable temper, keep within bounds, kidney, kind, lapidify, lay,
     leaning, leave the nest, leaven, lenify, lessen, lighten, limit,
     lithify, make, makeup, mature, mellow, mental set, mettle, mind,
     mind-set, mitigate, moderate, modify, modulate, mold, mollify,
     mood, morale, narrow, nature, nerve, note, obtund, orientation,
     ossify, outburst, outlook, pacify, paddy, palliate, passion,
     peculiarity, peevishness, penetrate, permeate, personality,
     pervade, petrify, petulance, physique, play down, posture,
     precipitation hardening, predilection, predisposition, preference,
     proclivity, prop, propensity, property, qualify, quality, rage,
     razor temper, reach manhood, reach twenty-one, reach voting age,
     reduce, reduce the temperature, refresh, regulate by, reinforce,
     reinvigorate, relax, restrain, restrengthen, restrict, ripen,
     sang-froid, saturate, saw file temper, season, self-control,
     self-possession, set, set conditions, set limits, set temper,
     settle down, shore up, short temper, slacken, slant, slow down,
     smother, sober, sober down, soften, solidity, somatotype, soothe,
     sort, soundness, spindle temper, spirit, spirits, spunkiness,
     stability, stamp, state, state of mind, staunchness, steel, steep,
     stiffen, stifle, stoutness, strain, streak, strengthen, stripe,
     sturdiness, style, subdue, suchness, suffuse, support, suppress,
     surliness, sustain, system, tame, tantrum, temper tantrum,
     temperament, tempering, tendency, tenor, timbre, tincture, tinge,
     toga virilis, tone, tone down, tool temper, toughen, transfuse,
     trend, tune down, turn, turn of mind, twist, type, undergird,
     underplay, vein, vitrify, volatility, warm temper, warp, wax, way,

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