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tempered
used in The Scarlet Letter

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
bad news tempered by kindness
Definition
made less extreme
  • ...speaking in an authoritative voice, although tempered with respect towards the youthful clergyman whom he addressed:
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (64% in)
tempered = made less extreme
  • He was not ill-fitted to be the head and representative of a community which owed its origin and progress, and its present state of development, not to the impulses of youth, but to the stern and tempered energies of manhood and the sombre sagacity of age; accomplishing so much, precisely because it imagined and hoped so little.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (47% in)
tempered = made less extreme
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2  —1 use as in:
tempered steel
Definition
made stronger or more flexible by heat treatment — often of steel or glass
  • Conscious of his own infirmity—that his tempered steel and elasticity are lost—he for ever afterwards looks wistfully about him in quest of support external to himself.
    Introductory (85% in)
tempered = strong
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3  —3 uses as in:
short-tempered
Definition
having a typical mood or temperament — often in reference to how easily one is angered
  • And that ugly tempered lady, old Mistress Hibbins, was one.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (48% in)
tempered = typical mood
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It might be, too, that a witch, like old Mistress Hibbins, the bitter-tempered widow of the magistrate, was to die upon the gallows.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (6% in)
  • tempered = typical mood
  • As they descended the steps, it is averred that the lattice of a chamber-window was thrown open, and forth into the sunny day was thrust the face of Mistress Hibbins, Governor Bellingham's bitter-tempered sister, and the same who, a few years later, was executed as a witch.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (94% in)
tempered = typical mood
There are no more uses of "tempered" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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