Definition of temperance in English:

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temperance

Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)r(ə)ns/

noun

[mass noun]
Abstinence from alcoholic drink: [as modifier]: the temperance movement
More 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.
Synonyms
teetotalism, abstinence, abstention, sobriety;
prohibition
rare Rechabitism, nephalism

Origin

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

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