Definitions of temperance

  1. the trait of avoiding excesses
  2. abstaining from excess
  3. Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; moderation; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; specifically, moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicating liquors.
  4. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
  5. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.
  6. Abstinence from alcohol.
  7. Moderation; self- control, especially in the use of intoxicants.
  8. 1. Moderation in eating, drinking, exercise, and all things else 2. In a special and restricted sense, abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages.
  9. Moderation; the observance of moderation; temperateness; particularly, ( a) habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; abstinence from all violence or excess, from improper indulgence, or from the use of anything injurious to moral or physical well- being; sobriety; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; " When it ( virtue) ruleth and ordereth our lust or concupiscence, limiting out a certain measure, and lawful proportion of time unto pleasures, it is called temperance."- Holland; " Temperance permits us to take meat and drink not only as physic for hunger and thirst, but also as an innocent cordial and fortifier against the evils of life, or even sometimes, reason not refusing that liberty, merely as a matter of pleasure. It only confines us to such kinds, quantities, and seasons as may best consist with our health, the use of our faculties, our fortune, etc."- Wollaston: patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion; the word is frequently used adjectivally; as, the temperance movement; a temperance society; a temperance hotel; a temperance lecture, etc.
  10. Moderation. esp. in indulging the appetites.
  11. The state of being temperate; moderation.
  12. Total abstinence from intoxicating drinks.
  13. Moderation, specially in regard to the indulgence of the appetites and passions; patience; calmness; sedateness.
  14. Habitual moderation in the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; sobriety.

Usage examples for temperance

  1. For when we think of mankind's evil chance Does not our private grief gain temperance? – Laments by Jan Kochanowski
  2. They were disappointed, however, to find that the cellar contained little wine, and were about setting the honorable owner down for a disciple of temperance, when they came upon a barrel of rare old Bourbon whisky. – Siege of Washington, D.C. by F. Colburn Adams
  3. You're a member of a temperance society, then? – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  4. Probably there were not, for " Good Templars" are powerful in that region, and so is temperance. – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  5. You thought the temperance men had him. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  6. " Gentlemen," said the Shepherd, " if you have designs of Trading, you must go another way; but if you're of the admired sort of Men, that have the thriving qualifications of Lying and Cheating, you're in the direct Path to Business; for in this City no Learning flourisheth; Eloquence finds no room here; nor can Temperance, Good Manners, or any Vertue meet with a Reward; assure yourselves of finding but two sorts of Men, and those are the Cheated, and those that Cheat." – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  7. I am not what you call a temperance man; and when I get ashore, and in good company, I sometimes take a little more good whiskey than it is prudent; but I don't drink anything on board of my ship. – Fighting for the Right by Oliver Optic
  8. For a time all went well, but one hot summer day one of his fellow workmen, who ought to have known better, knowing that Billy had signed the temperance pledge, offered him a shilling if he would drink a glass of ale he held in his hand. – Anecdotes & Incidents of the Deaf and Dumb by W. R. Roe
  9. Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit. – How to Live a Holy Life by C. E. Orr
  10. They now shook hands, and strengthened their friendship over a little brandy, for the general was an advocate of temperance only when it applied to others. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  11. So futile had been the mad persecutions, so fruitful the blood of the martyrs, that by this time there were some ten thousand Saints in Missouri, all heads of families, for although Zion in Jackson County still lay waste, and the colonies of Clay County had been swept away, the cities of Far West and Diahman, and numerous villages near them, had risen like magic, built by the thrift, the organisation, and the temperance of the Saints. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  12. When Protestant interests such as education, temperance, Sunday observance, marriage laws, and morals generally, are said to be in imminent danger, what is it that is meant exactly? – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan
  13. Now about temperance, let me say thus much. – My Life as an Author by Martin Farquhar Tupper
  14. Is there any town or district which has not a Temperance Band and Reading- room? – Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry by Thomas Davis Commentator: T. W. Rolleston
  15. He was, in fact, addressing a homily to Michael on the advantages of Temperance. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. My ship is a temperance ship, and all the hands are teetotalers. – The Red Eric by R.M. Ballantyne
  17. The Temperance Society had emptied them. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  18. A powerful temperance tract might be written on the loss of the Medusa. – The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism. Volume 1 by Frederick Whymper
  19. Are the Temperance men to be allowed to shout in the public places? – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. – The Woman's Bible Part I. Comments on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Part II. Comments on the Old and New Testaments from Joshua to Revelation. by Elizabeth Cady Stanton