Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb temper

5 senses of temper

Sense 1
anneal, temper, normalize -- (bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass")
       => harden, indurate -- (make hard or harder; "The cold hardened the butter")

Sense 2
temper, harden -- (harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel")
       => modify -- (make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage")

Sense 3
temper -- (adjust the pitch (of pianos))
       => adjust, set, correct -- (alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels")

Sense 4
temper, season, mollify -- (make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism")
       => weaken -- (lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body")

Sense 5
chasten, moderate, temper -- (restrain)
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj tempered

2 senses of tempered

Sense 1
tempered (vs. untempered), treated, hardened, toughened -- (made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass")

untempered (vs. tempered), unhardened -- (not brought to a proper consistency or hardness; "untempered mortar"; "untempered steel")
        => brittle, unannealed -- ((of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured)

Sense 2
tempered (vs. untempered) -- (adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element; "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy")

untempered (vs. tempered) -- (not moderated or controlled; "his untempered individualism")
        => unmoderated -- (not made less extreme; "spoke with unmoderated harshness")

Similarity of adj tempered

2 senses of tempered

Sense 1
tempered (vs. untempered), treated, hardened, toughened -- (made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass")
       => curable -- (capable of being hardened by some additive or other agent)
       => sunbaked -- (baked or hardened by exposure to sunlight; not burned; "sunbaked adobe bricks")

Sense 2
tempered (vs. untempered) -- (adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element; "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy")

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