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tempered

[tem-perd] /ˈtɛm pərd/
adjective
1.
having a temper or disposition of a specified character (usually used in combination):
a good-tempered child.
2.
Music. tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, especially tuned in equal temperament.
3.
made less intense or violent, especially by the influence of something good or benign:
justice tempered with mercy.
4.
properly moistened or mixed, as clay.
5.
Metallurgy. of or relating to steel or cast iron that has been tempered.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see temper, -ed2, -ed3
Related forms
nontempered, adjective
untempered, adjective
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tempered

/ˈtɛmpəd/
adjective
1.
(music)
  1. (of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperament See temperament
  2. (of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure
2.
(in combination) having a temper or temperament as specified: ill-tempered
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