- Abstinence from alcoholic drink: [as modifier]: the temperance movementMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French temperaunce, from Latin temperantia 'moderation', from temperare 'restrain'.