anti-temperance

temperance

[tem-per-uhns, tem-pruhns]
noun
1.
moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
2.
habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.
3.
total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English temperaunce < Anglo-French < Latin temperantia self-control. See temper, -ance

antitemperance, adjective
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temperance (ˈtɛmpərəns)
 
n
1.  restraint or moderation, esp in yielding to one's appetites or desires
2.  abstinence from alcoholic drink
 
[C14: from Latin temperantia, from temperāre to regulate]

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temperance
mid-14c., "self-restraint, moderation," from Anglo-Fr. temperaunce (mid-13c.), from L. temperantia "moderation," from temperans, prp. of temperare "to moderate" (see temper). L. temperantia was used by Cicero to translate Gk. sophrosyne "moderation." In Eng., temperance was
used to render L. continentia or abstinentia, specifically in reference to drinking alcohol and eating; hence by early 1800s it came to mean "abstinence from alcoholic drink."
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temperance tem·per·ance (těm'pər-əns, těm'prəns)
n.

  1. Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression.

  2. Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

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