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 for Tempered
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.
                                                    --Otway.
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              But thy fire
              Shall be more tempered, and thy hope far higher.
                                                    --Byron.
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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.
                                                    21.
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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.
                                                    --Dryden.
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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 :

  Tempered \Tem"pered\, a.
     Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such)
     a temper; -- chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered
     or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tempered
      adj 1: made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat
             treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass"
             [syn: tempered, treated, hardened, toughened]
             [ant: unhardened, untempered]
      2: adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element;
         "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy" [ant: untempered]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "tempered":
     aged, annealed, chastened, conditioned, constrained, controlled,
     developed, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, fully developed,
     hardened, heat-treated, hedged, hedged about, hushed, in control,
     in full bloom, in hand, leavened, limited, mature, mellow,
     mellowed, mitigated, modified, modulated, qualified, quelled,
     restrained, restricted, ripe, seasoned, softened, stable, subdued,
     toughened
  
  

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