Temper is a state of mind, particularly one that is hostile or angry.(noun)
An example of temper is what someone loses when they gets excessively mad at even the simplest of problems.
Temper is defined as to moderate or soften something or make it less intense.(verb)
An example of temper is to add white paint to a dark purple paint to make it a lighter color.
See temper in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME tempren < OE temprian & OFr temprer, both < L temperare, to observe proper measure, mix, regulate, forbear < tempus (gen. temporis), time, period, orig., a span < IE *tempos, a span < *temp-, to pull < base *ten-, to stretch > thin
See temper in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb tem·pered, tem·per·ing, tem·pers verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English temperen
Origin: , from Old English temprian
Origin: , from Latin temperāre
Origin: , probably from variant of tempus, tempor-, time, season.
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