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 Dictionary entry overview: What does temperance mean? 

  The noun TEMPERANCE has 3 senses:

1. the trait of avoiding excesses
2. abstaining from excess
3. the act of tempering

  Familiarity information: TEMPERANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1temperance [BACK TO TOP]


The trait of avoiding excesses

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


temperance; moderation

Hypernyms ("temperance" is a kind of...):

natural virtue ((scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence and justice and fortitude and temperance) derived from nature)

control; restraint (discipline in personal and social activities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "temperance"):

dryness; sobriety (moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs)

abstemiousness (moderation in eating and drinking)


intemperance (the quality of being intemperate)

Sense 2temperance [BACK TO TOP]


Abstaining from excess

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


temperance; sobriety

Hypernyms ("temperance" is a kind of...):

abstinence (act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite)

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The act of tempering

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("temperance" is a kind of...):

combination; combining; compounding (the act of combining things to form a new whole)

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