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1. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment;
- Example: "a sword of tempered steel"
- Example: "tempered glass"
[syn: tempered, treated, hardened, toughened]

2. adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element;
- Example: "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy"

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Temper \Tem"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempered; p. pr. & vb. n. Tempering.] [AS. temprian or OF. temper, F. temp['e]rer, and (in sense 3) temper, L. temperare, akin to tempus time. Cf. Temporal, Distemper, Tamper.] 1. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage; to soothe; to calm. [1913 Webster] Puritan austerity was so tempered by Dutch indifference, that mercy itself could not have dictated a milder system. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster] Woman! lovely woman! nature made thee To temper man: we had been brutes without you. --Otway. [1913 Webster] But thy fire Shall be more tempered, and thy hope far higher. --Byron. [1913 Webster] She [the Goddess of Justice] threw darkness and clouds about her, that tempered the light into a thousand beautiful shades and colors. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate. [1913 Webster] Thy sustenance . . . serving to the appetite of the eater, tempered itself to every man's liking. --Wisdom xvi. 21. [1913 Webster] 3. (Metal.) To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel. [1913 Webster] The tempered metals clash, and yield a silver sound. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. To govern; to manage. [A Latinism & Obs.] [1913 Webster] With which the damned ghosts he governeth, And furies rules, and Tartare tempereth. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mus.) To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual scale, or to that in actual use. [1913 Webster] Syn: To soften; mollify; assuage; soothe; calm. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tempered \Tem"pered\, a. Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such) a temper; -- chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

tempered adj 1: made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass" [syn: tempered, treated, hardened, toughened] [ant: unhardened, untempered] 2: adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element; "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy" [ant: untempered]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

37 Moby Thesaurus words for "tempered": aged, annealed, chastened, conditioned, constrained, controlled, developed, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, fully developed, hardened, heat-treated, hedged, hedged about, hushed, in control, in full bloom, in hand, leavened, limited, mature, mellow, mellowed, mitigated, modified, modulated, qualified, quelled, restrained, restricted, ripe, seasoned, softened, stable, subdued, toughened