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
- ‘The seasons aren't that distinct here, especially in East London with its mild and temperate climate.’
- ‘It is the Gulf Stream, or North Atlantic Drift, that gives the United Kingdom the temperate climate that we enjoy.’
- ‘The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.’
- ‘Because of the relatively high elevation, the region has a temperate climate.’
- ‘The temperate climate, mild and moist, has ensured the development of an abundance of plant and animal life.’
- ‘Straddling the Equator, the islands have a pleasant temperate climate.’
- ‘In the temperate to tropical Brazilian climate, colonies may be active all year round.’
- ‘These trees belong to regions with a temperate climate.’
- ‘Belarus has a temperate continental climate, with a mild and humid winter, a warm summer, and a wet autumn.’
- ‘In fact, it would be most unnatural should they experience a mild and temperate climate this year.’
- ‘The climate was temperate but windy, the terrain a mixture of downland, rocky hills and peat bogs.’
- ‘Fortunately, The United Kingdom has a temperate climate and has little need for advance warning systems regarding the weather.’
- ‘The cool temperate climate of the Australian Alps in the southeast of the continent attracts skiers in winter and walkers in summer.’
- ‘With abundant rainfall and a temperate climate, crops were plentiful; citrus and olive groves abounded.’
- ‘The jump from polar to temperate latitudes is just as great as from temperate climates to tropical.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The climate is temperate and is more mild and humid along the western marine coast.’
- ‘Ginkgo biloba is a highly adaptable plant that can grow in almost any temperate or Mediterranean climate.’
- ‘The fungus is found worldwide but is more prevalent in temperate and tropical climates.’
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ever since that day, she had been extremely temperate in her consumption of alcohol.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As a result, British masculinity was constructed as a controlled, temperate ideal type.’
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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