Definition of temperance in English:

temperance

Syllabification: tem·per·ance
Pronunciation: /ˈtemp(ə)rəns
 
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noun

  • 1Abstinence from alcoholic drink: [as modifier]: the temperance movement
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    • The idea that social regeneration might come through the adoption of temperance, as temperance advocates argued, encountered some criticism from a minority of churchmen, particularly High Anglicans.
    • Though temperance advocates acknowledged that either male or female drinking destroyed domestic happiness, they often reserved their harshest opprobrium for women's drunkenness.
    • The appearance of temperance societies, sometimes supported by the medical establishment, caused many to re-evaluate the role of wine in diet and medicine.
    Synonyms
    teetotalism, abstinence, abstention, sobriety, self-restraint; prohibition
  • 1.1Moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking.
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    • Dietary temperance, or moderation, was a way to health, but it was also a virtue, just as gluttony was a vice.
    • Michael's Order was not a religious one, but although they were not sworn to either poverty or celibacy, its members embraced moderation and temperance in all things.
    • The essential key to nourishing our vitality is moderation and temperance.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French temperaunce, from Latin temperantia 'moderation', from temperare 'restrain'.

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