One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures.
mild, clement, pleasant, agreeable, benignView synonyms
- ‘In the temperate to tropical Brazilian climate, colonies may be active all year round.’
- ‘The seasons aren't that distinct here, especially in East London with its mild and temperate climate.’
- ‘Because of the relatively high elevation, the region has a temperate climate.’
- ‘The climate was temperate but windy, the terrain a mixture of downland, rocky hills and peat bogs.’
- ‘The jump from polar to temperate latitudes is just as great as from temperate climates to tropical.’
- ‘Straddling the Equator, the islands have a pleasant temperate climate.’
- ‘The temperate climate, mild and moist, has ensured the development of an abundance of plant and animal life.’
- ‘The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.’
- ‘The cool temperate climate of the Australian Alps in the southeast of the continent attracts skiers in winter and walkers in summer.’
- ‘Organic practices avoid toxic pesticides and preserve habitat in tropical and temperate climates.’
- ‘In a temperate climate, the wind direction usually changes with the season.’
- ‘Belarus has a temperate continental climate, with a mild and humid winter, a warm summer, and a wet autumn.’
- ‘The climate is temperate and is more mild and humid along the western marine coast.’
- ‘Fortunately, The United Kingdom has a temperate climate and has little need for advance warning systems regarding the weather.’
- ‘These trees belong to regions with a temperate climate.’
- ‘With abundant rainfall and a temperate climate, crops were plentiful; citrus and olive groves abounded.’
- ‘Ginkgo biloba is a highly adaptable plant that can grow in almost any temperate or Mediterranean climate.’
- ‘It is the Gulf Stream, or North Atlantic Drift, that gives the United Kingdom the temperate climate that we enjoy.’
- ‘The fungus is found worldwide but is more prevalent in temperate and tropical climates.’
- ‘In fact, it would be most unnatural should they experience a mild and temperate climate this year.’
2Showing moderation or self-restraint.‘Charles was temperate in his consumption of both food and drink’
self-restrained, restrained, moderate, self-controlled, controlled, disciplinedView synonyms
- ‘Ever since that day, she had been extremely temperate in her consumption of alcohol.’
- ‘I am surprised at what the Coroner says about finding indications that he was a dram drinker, as I thought he was temperate in all things.’
- ‘As a result, British masculinity was constructed as a controlled, temperate ideal type.’
- ‘A man of a singularly disinterested and modest disposition, he was temperate in speech and act, but zealous for the social and political reforms which were the aims of the radicals in his day.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘not affected by passion or emotion’): from Latin temperatus ‘mingled, restrained’, from the verb temperare.
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