Definitions

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  • n. self control, temperance, soundness of mind

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of wise moderation; sound-mindedness; discreet good sense: referring especially to Greek art and philosophy.

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Examples

  • A dialogue in which Socrates engages a handsome and popular boy in a conversation about the meaning of sophrosyne, a Greek word usually translated into English as "temperance", "self-control", or "restraint".

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • A dialogue in which Socrates engages a handsome and popular boy in a conversation about the meaning of sophrosyne, a Greek word usually translated into English as "temperance",

    Jon Aquino's Mental Garden

  • The ascetical message also resonated well with Hellenistic ideas about the "sober life" of the wise man or woman sophrosyne, and much of late first and second century Christian literature, such as the Didache, the Clementine Letters or the Shepherd of Hermas, began to stress the need for this wise lifestyle kind of sobriety as a fundamental character of general Christian discipleship.

    Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.: The Compelling Spiritual Discipline Of Asceticism

  • Viewers rooted for the Virginia kid with shaggy brown hair and glasses, who fidgeted with his hands as he spelled such words as "oriflamme" and "sophrosyne."

    'Fustanella' is N.Va. teen's killer bee word

  • Justice and self-control [sophrosyne], and virtue in general — these are all various Acts of Intelligence: they are consequently not primary genera; they are posterior to a genus, that is to say, they are species.

    The Six Enneads.

  • [Greek: enkrates] necessarily feels pain, because he must always be thwarting passions which are a real part of his nature, though this pain will grow less and less as he nears the point of [Greek: sophrosyne] or perfected Self-Mastery, which being attained the pain will then, and then only, cease entirely.

    Ethics

  • This state is called [Greek: sophrosyne], and the man in it [Greek: sophron].

    Ethics

  • From it also he derived his four cardinal virtues: prudence, righteousness (or justice), fortitude, temperance; phronesis, dikaiosyne, andreia, sophrosyne, and it was through Fourth Machabees that this category was appropriated by early Christian ascetical writers.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • If the people were saved, it was due to that substratum of sanity, of Greek _sophrosyne, _ which resisted the one and derided the other.

    Old Calabria

  • And then this finally is sort of a self-delusional process, and there's gods in the world that egg this person on because he lacks, the word is sophrosyne or moderation.

    Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog

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