They have somehow managed to stay rooted in a time when greed was tempered by civic morality.
Second, empathy has tempered you to the point of righteousness.
One friend said her crush on Daniel Craig was tempered by her belief that his smooth chest is the result of salon intervention.
Unfortunately, the calamity of a potential default has tempered neither judgment nor passion.
But celebrations were tempered by warnings that it could take up to four months to get the men out.
It came from the furnace of the Revolution, tempered to the necessities of the times.
His dismissal from the staff was a wise move, tempered by unexpected clemency.
It is not a toy, but a useful article, made of cutlery steel, tempered and highly nickeled.
"I don't care who hears me," Adams said, harshly, though he tempered his loudness.
My reading was less p. 11one-sided than my politics, and my republicanism was tempered by an unwavering worship of “Lothair.”
late Old English temprian "to bring to a proper or suitable state, to modify some excessive quality, to restrain within due limits," from Latin temperare "to mix correctly, moderate, regulate, blend," usually described as from tempus "time, season" (see temporal), with a sense of "proper time or season," but the sense history is obscure. Meaning "to make (steel) hard and elastic" is from late 14c. Sense of "to tune the pitch of a musical instrument" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Tempered; tempering.
late 14c., "due proportion of elements or qualities," from temper (v.). The sense of "characteristic state of mind" is first recorded 1590s; that of "calm state of mind" in c.1600; and that of "angry state of mind" (for bad temper) in 1828. Meaning "degree of hardness and resiliency in steel" is from late 15c.
temper tem·per (těm'pər)
A state of mind or emotions; mood.
A tendency to become easily angry or irritable.
An outburst of rage.