Tempered vs Tampered - What's the difference?

tempered | tampered |

As verbs the difference between tempered and tampered

is that tempered is (temper) while tampered is (tamper).

As an adjective tempered

is of one's disposition.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Of one's disposition.
  • The Pyncheon Elm, throughout its great circumference, was all alive, and full of the morning sun and a sweet-tempered little breeze, which lingered within this verdant sphere, and set a thousand leafy tongues a-whispering all at once. This aged tree appeared to have suffered nothing from the gale.'' — Nathaniel Hawthorne, ''The House of the Seven Gables , Chapter 19.
  • Pertaining to the metallurgical process for finishing metals.
  • 1851' ''"Not forged!" and snatching Perth's levelled iron from the crotch, Ahab held it out, exclaiming -- "Look ye, Nantucketer; here in this hand I hold his death! '''Tempered''' in blood, and '''tempered by lightning are these barbs; and I swear to temper them triply in that hot place behind the fin, where the white whale most feels his accursed life!"'' — Herman Melville, '' Moby Dick.
  • Of something moderated or balanced by other considerations.
  • 1792' ''The downcast eye, the rosy blush, the retiring grace, are all proper in their season; but modesty, being the child of reason, cannot long exist with the sensibility that is not '''tempered by reflection'' — Mary Wollstonecraft, '' A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
  • (music) Pertaining to the well-tempered scale, where the twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard are tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in any major or minor key and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * untempered


  • (temper)
  • See also

    * good-tempered * well-tempered




  • (tamper)

  • tamper


    Etymology 1


    (en noun)
  • A person or thing that tamps.
  • A tool used to tamp something down, such as tobacco in a pipe.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To alter by making unauthorized changes; to meddle.
  • (in professional sports) To discuss future contracts against league rules with a player.