Attemper



to modify or moderate by mixing or blending with something different or opposite.
to regulate or modify the temperature of.
to soothe; mollify; mitigate.
to accommodate; adapt (usually followed by to).
Historical Examples

It was evident that neither fire nor clothing would, in an habitation like that, attemper the chilling blasts.
Ormond, Volume I (of 3) Charles Brockden Brown

Lifted sashes and lofty ceilings were insufficient to attemper it.
Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown

Her eye proclaims her of the Briton-line; Her lion-port, her awe-commanding face, attemper’d sweet to virgin-grace.
The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 Ministry of Education

Of his answer we require you to advertise us with all diligence, for according thereunto we intend to attemper our proceedings.
History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II. James Anthony Froude

verb (transitive) (archaic)
to modify by blending; temper
to moderate or soothe
to accommodate or bring into harmony
v.

late 14c., from Old French attemprer, from Latin attemperare, from ad- “to” (see ad-) + temperare (see temper (v.)). Related: Attempered; attempering.

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