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Northern Florida is temperate; while the south is subtropical.
  lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, .... In this case, it changes the meaning of this word from "not extreme" to "extreme".
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  • Northern Florida is temperate; while the south is subtropical.
  • a temperate region
  • temperate in his eating and drinking
  • a temperate response to an insult

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  • Be temperate in drinking, bearing in mind that wine in excess keeps neither secrets nor promises.
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • This is an appearance which I have never observed in the temperate zones.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • He has never learned to be economical or temperate.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • It is a climbing ornamental vine found in temperate latitudes, and came originally from the Orient.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my wife.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Eastern North Carolina is a beautiful and special part of the country, blessed with temperate weather and, for the most part, wonderful geography.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • Who can be wise, amazed, temperate, and furious,
    Loyal and neutral, in a moment?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time,
    And makes as healthful music:
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate a contract of true love:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • It was an evening in summer upon the placid and temperate planet Mars.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • ’I don’t know if you have ever thought what a rare thing flame must be in the absence of man and in a temperate climate.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • She is not hot, but temperate as the morn;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • In the temperate zone where there is a season known as "fall" during which...
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Costa Rica had a remarkable diversity of biological habitats: seacoasts on both the Atlantic and the Pacific; four separate mountain ranges, including twelve-thousand-foot peaks and active volcanoes; rain forests, cloud forests, temperate zones, swampy marshes, and arid deserts.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Does it make me look intemperate and unchaste?
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • My blood hath been too cold and temperate,
    Unapt to stir at these indignities,
    And you have found me; for, accordingly,
    You tread upon my patience:
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • He would not, but by gift of my chaste body
    To his concupiscible intemperate lust,
    Release my brother; and, after much debatement,
    My sisterly remorse confutes mine honour,
    And I did yield to him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • I am both Poles and the Equator, With no Temperate Zones between.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • The illustrative strings and the orange stick representing the poles seemed so real that even to this day the mere mention of temperate zone suggests a series of twine circles; and I believe that if any one should set about it he could convince me that white bears actually climb the North Pole.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Groups of soldiers squatted outside their tents singing songs and trading stories in the temperate night air.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In our great cities, poverty, ignorance, intemperance, and crime, the four great enemies of Republican institutions, thrive in frightfully overcrowded districts….
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Few cities had any intemperate demand for professional oyster-shuckers, but the people were somehow assimilated.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "My nephew’s wife is stubborn as well as intemperate."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Now suddenly Bobbie slipped through the railings and rushed down the bank towards Peter, so impetuously that Phyllis, following more temperately, felt certain that her sister’s descent would end in the waters of the canal.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • The fruits eaten temperately need not make us ashamed of our appetites, nor interrupt the worthiest pursuits.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The count was, it may be remembered, a most temperate guest.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Spots appeared on his nose, the redness of which was evidently due to intemperance, and his mouth twitched nervously.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • You’ve seen them in freezing, snow-covered temperate forests.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • On the other hand, many men, by their own vice and intemperance, disqualify themselves for conversation.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • In a temperate zone it’s the most natural thing in the world, right as rain, to grow fields of waving grain.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Stubb was a high liver; he was somewhat intemperately fond of the whale as a flavorish thing to his palate.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In more temperate regions of France, where temperatures in the winter rarely fell below freezing, the same pattern held.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Be temperate in drinking, bearing in mind that wine in excess keeps neither secrets nor promises.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • With my hard constitution and temperate mode of living, and unperilous occupations, I ought to, and probably SHALL, remain above ground till there is scarcely a black hair on my head.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • TWO COMPLETE PORTRAITS Thenardier, who was, above all, an astute and well-balanced man, was a scamp of a temperate sort.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Having disposed of these evil-minded persons for the night, Mr. Bumble sat himself down in the house at which the coach stopped; and took a temperate dinner of steaks, oyster sauce, and porter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • They had been married for twenty-two years and had lived happily until about two years ago when his wife began to be rather intemperate in her habits.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • To clear up which, I endeavoured to give some ideas of the desire of power and riches; of the terrible effects of lust, intemperance, malice, and envy.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Who is that intemperate and brutal man whom we would redeem?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Both Heyward and the more temperate Cora witnessed the act of involuntary emotion with powerful sympathy, the former secretly believing that piety had never worn a form so lovely as it had now assumed in the youthful person of Alice.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • If you could be a little temperate we could tell you the results of the treatment to date.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It was too beautiful to sleep, too temperate for the rug.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • By degrees she led me into more temperate talk, and she told me how Joe loved me, and how Joe never complained of anything,—she didn’t say, of me; she had no need; I knew what she meant,—but ever did his duty in his way of life, with a strong hand, a quiet tongue, and a gentle heart.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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