One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
mild, clement, pleasant, agreeable, benign
gentle, balmy, fair
2‘Charles was temperate in his consumption of both food and drink’
self-restrained, restrained, moderate, self-controlled, controlled, disciplined
abstemious, self-denying, austere, ascetic
3‘a lucid and temperate study’
balanced, dispassionate, level-headed, sensible, rational, sober, sober-minded
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