2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language. "She is not hot, but temperate as the morn." (Shak) "That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings." (Tennyson)
<geography>" (Pope) Temperate zone, that part of the earth which lies between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle; so called because the heat is less than in the torrid zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones.
Origin: L. Temperatus, p.p. Of temperare. See Temper.
(01 Mar 1998)
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