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Temperance, 1) agreeable temperature, mild climate: it (the island) “must needs be of subtle, tender and delicate t.” Tp. II, 1, 42.
2) moderation; calmness: “a gentleman of all t.” Meas. III, 2, 251. “are you chafed? ask God for t.” H8 I, 1, 124. “being once chafed, he cannot be reined again to t.” Cor. III, 3, 28. “justice, verity, t., stableness,” Mcb. IV, 3, 92. “in the whirlwind of passion you must acquire and beget a t.” Hml. III, 2, 8. “I doubt not of his t.” Lr. IV, 7, 24 (cf. Distemperance). “O t., lady,” Ant. V, 2, 48.
3) chastity: “thou makest the vestal violate her oath; thou blowest the fire when t. is thawed,” Lucr. 884. “though you can guess what t. should be, you know not what it is,” Ant. III, 13, 121.
4) female name: “T. was a delicate wench,” Tp. II, 1, 43 (Taylor: though bad they be, they will not bate an ace to be called Prudence, Temp'rance, Faith, or Grace).
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