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Definition lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
  • Northern Florida is temperate; while the south is subtropical.
temperate = lacking extremes (in this case, in weather)
  • a temperate region
  • temperate in his eating and drinking
  • a temperate response to an insult
  • Be temperate in drinking, bearing in mind that wine in excess keeps neither secrets nor promises.
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • He has never learned to be economical or temperate.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • This is an appearance which I have never observed in the temperate zones.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • In the temperate zone where there is a season known as "fall" during which...
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • temperate = non-extreme weather (not usually exceedingly cold or hot)
  • It is a climbing ornamental vine found in temperate latitudes, and came originally from the Orient.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • temperate = (places) lacking extreme weather
  • Does it make me look intemperate and unchaste?
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • intemperate = given to excess
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in intemperate means not and reverses the meaning of temperate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • 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
  • temperate = mild (lacking extremes)
  • '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
  • temperate = mild
  • Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate a contract of true love:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • temperate = gentle (mild — not extreme)
  • My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time,
    And makes as healthful music:
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • temperately = evenly (without extremes)
  • She is not hot, but temperate as the morn;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • temperate = mild (not extreme)
  • Who can be wise, amazed, temperate, and furious,
    Loyal and neutral, in a moment?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • temperate = calm (lacking extreme behavior)
  • I am both Poles and the Equator, With no Temperate Zones between.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • temperate = lacking extremes
  • I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my wife.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • intemperate = extreme
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in intemperate means not and reverses the meaning of temperate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • 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
  • temperate = mild (not extreme)
  • It was an evening in summer upon the placid and temperate planet Mars.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
temperate = having mild weather (not extreme)

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