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Latin temperatus, past participle of temperare. See Temper.




  1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.
  2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language.
    • She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. Shakespeare
    • That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings. Alfred Tennyson.
  3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.
    • Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Franklin.
  4. Proceeding from temperance.

Derived terms

  • (geology) temperate zone, that part of the earth which lies between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle; -- so called because the heat is less than in the torrid zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones.




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  1. (obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.
    • It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath. Marston.



  • temperate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913





  1. Second-person plural present tense of temperare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of temperare.
  3. Feminine plural of temperato.

Simple English

File:World map
The temperate parts of the world are red in this picture.

In geography, temperate latitudes of the globe lie between the tropics and the polar circles. The changes in these regions between summer and winter are not extreme, not burning hot or freezing cold. However, a temperate climate can have very unpredictable weather. One day it may be sunny, the next it may be raining, and after that it may be cloudy. This is usual in summer as well as in winter.The temperate regions has 4 seasons, namely: summer,fall,winter and spring.

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