Tempered is defined as made harder by adding heat or some substance, or adjusting your temperament.verb
- When steel is reheated and then cooled in order to make it harder, this is an example of when the steel is tempered.
- When you yell at someone and criticize them but then provide some positive feedback, this is an example of when you tempered your criticism.
- having been given the desired temper, consistency, hardness, etc.: tempered steel
- modified by addition of or mixture with other qualities, ingredients, etc.: the mercy in a tempered justice
- having a (specified kind of) temper: bad-tempered
- Music adjusted to a temperament, esp. equal temperament
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- Having a specified temper or disposition. Often used in combination: sweet-tempered; ill-tempered.
- Adjusted or attuned by the addition of a counterbalancing element; moderated or measured: “prepare the country to expect hard choices and to appreciate tempered values and moderation in private and public life” (Haynes Johnson).
- Made appropriately hard or flexible by tempering: a sword of tempered steel.
- Having the requisite degree of hardness or elasticity. Used of glass or a metal.
- Music Tuned to temperament. Used of a scale, an interval, semitone, or intonation.