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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tempered mean? 

TEMPERED (adjective)
  The adjective TEMPERED has 2 senses:

1. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment
2. adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element

  Familiarity information: TEMPERED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TEMPERED (adjective)

Sense 1tempered [BACK TO TOP]


Made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment


tempered; hardened; toughened; treated

Context examples:

a sword of tempered steel / tempered glass


annealed (made less brittle by heating and then cooling)

baked; burned; burnt (hardened by subjecting to intense heat)

curable (capable of being hardened by some additive or other agent)

sunbaked (baked or hardened by exposure to sunlight; not burned)


untempered (not brought to a proper consistency or hardness)

Sense 2tempered [BACK TO TOP]


Adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element

Context example:

criticism tempered with kindly sympathy


diluted; toned down (made less strong or severe)

moderated; qualified (having elements or qualities mixed in proper or suitable proportions; especially made less severe)

tuned (tuned in equal temperament; or so tuned as to allow modulation into other keys)


untempered (not moderated or controlled)

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