Meaning of well tempered in English:

well tempered


  • 1Having a cheerful or emotionally stable disposition.

    ‘‘You'll find her not so well-tempered as she might seem!’’
    • ‘Amazingly well-tempered, I can't remember him ever complaining - not about his hour long commute home, nor about our first year assignments designed to whittle down the class.’
    • ‘She made a male friend, and after six months, she found out that he was knowledgeable, well-tempered, has a masters degree from a famous university and worked as a manager at a foreign capital firm.’
    • ‘The exercise of the civic virtues makes one just, courageous, well-tempered, etc. - that is, the civic virtues result in a well-ordered and cultivated mind.’
    • ‘He does not seem to be a… well-tempered sort of gentleman.’
    • ‘As you can see (and probably won't believe), I'm actually quite well-tempered in the mornings.’
    • ‘Mercy's filly grew to be a well-tempered beautiful mare, though she was too young for riding she provided Claire and I both limitless happiness.’
    • ‘The Greeks looked for a state of equilibrium or balance among these four elements and humors: such a person was said to be well-mixed, or well-tempered.’
    • ‘The next day Avery packed his horse, a well-tempered chestnut gelding named Wesley, and rode away to become a hero.’
    • ‘Luckily, though, by the time we got there he was incredibly well tempered again and seemed to have a good time playing.’
    • ‘Midnight wasn't the most well tempered horse, even at the best of times, and after a few days of either being ignored by her family or bitten by her horse, Leona had retreated into a sullen silence, breaking it only to make pointed complaints.’
    • ‘She wishes for a mild mannered and well tempered young lady to be friends with.’
    • ‘All agreed he would be better off on a well tempered mare.’
    • ‘Any advice for well-tempered students who study with ill-tempered teachers?’
    • ‘There's a well-tempered man who did so much to foster progressive politics and did it fairly harmoniously.’
  • 2(of a process or activity) properly regulated, controlled, or moderated.

    ‘the moral example of their well-tempered lives’
    • ‘Inviting harmonies and well-tempered innovations in rhythm and accompaniment add to the charm.’
    • ‘Hartel's research team has come up with a theory to explain how visual fat bloom develops in well-tempered chocolates.’
    • ‘Even then her work challenged the classical ideal that a well-tempered whole must bind the parts in a structured hierarchy.’
    • ‘The development and formation of these crystals are what makes well-tempered chocolate.’
    • ‘Listen to it of a quiet evening, sung by a good tenor or a well-tempered choir, and you can realise that from pain it is possible to make the truest beauty.’
    • ‘At the same time, when she saw me on TV, her face hid a well-tempered revulsion.’
    • ‘When you buy chocolate for baking, it should arrive well-tempered.’
    • ‘All great music and all great performance, is rooted in the conception of the well-tempered system, defined by Bach.’
    • ‘A relaxed but buoyant atmosphere sustained by well-tempered music and the interior design neat and elegant.’
    • ‘The adventure in these pages is well tempered with humour.’