Adjective "temperance" definition and examples

(Temperance may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Abstinence from alcoholic drink.
  1. 'In the 1830s, a third movement, the teetotal movement, emerged and radicalized temperance reform in two ways.'
  2. 'The appearance of temperance societies, sometimes supported by the medical establishment, caused many to re-evaluate the role of wine in diet and medicine.'
  3. 'In this last aspect, however, habitual temperance will generally be found to be much more beneficial than occasional fasting.'
  4. 'What is also clear is that there existed a range of opinion of the subject of alcohol, temperance, and gender identity.'
  5. 'There are both striking parallels and important differences between the contemporary war on drink and drugs and the old temperance crusade.'
  6. 'Later, however, changing tastes and pressure from temperance advocates dictated that absinthe be diluted with water, preferably sweetened.'
  7. 'Under the banner of temperance and local prohibition of the sale of intoxicating beverages, Norwegian politicians gained the support of their compatriots and were elected to public office.'
  8. 'Though temperance advocates acknowledged that either male or female drinking destroyed domestic happiness, they often reserved their harshest opprobrium for women's drunkenness.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'The nineteenth century temperance approach, which had inveighed against the dangers of alcohol itself, was now rejected as moralistic and unscientific and the focus of attention was, once again, on the disease of alcoholism.'

More definitions

1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.

2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.

3. total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

More examples(as adjective)

"reformers can be temperance."


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