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tem|per|a|ment
tem|per|a|ment «TEHM puhr uh muhnt, -pruh-», noun.
1. a person's nature; make-up; disposition: »

She has a nervous temperament. Her highly strung temperament made her uncertain…capricious…enchanting (George Bernard Shaw).

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under disposition. (Cf.disposition)
2. an easily irritated, sensitive nature, especially a nature or disposition that is not inclined to submit to ordinary rules or restraints. An artist, singer, or actress often has temperament.
3. Music. a) the adjustment of the intervals of the natural scale by slightly varying the pitch. b) a system according to which this is done.
4. Archaic. a) moderation. b) mitigation. c) due regulation.
5. Obsolete. consistency; composition.
6. Obsolete. climate.
7. Obsolete. temperature.
[< Latin temperāmentum mixture < temperāre to mix, temper]

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  • tem´per|ate|ness — tem|per|ate «TEHM puhr iht, priht», adjective. 1. not very hot, and not very cold: »a temperate climate. 2. moderate; self restrained; using self control: »She spoke in a temperate manner, not favoring either side especially. SYNONYM(S): calm,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|ate|ly — tem|per|ate «TEHM puhr iht, priht», adjective. 1. not very hot, and not very cold: »a temperate climate. 2. moderate; self restrained; using self control: »She spoke in a temperate manner, not favoring either side especially. SYNONYM(S): calm,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem|per|ate — «TEHM puhr iht, priht», adjective. 1. not very hot, and not very cold: »a temperate climate. 2. moderate; self restrained; using self control: »She spoke in a temperate manner, not favoring either side especially. SYNONYM(S): calm, dispassionate …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|er — tem|per «TEHM puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. state of mind; disposition; mood: »She has a sweet temper. She was in no temper to be kept waiting. SYNONYM(S): humor. See syn. under disposition. (Cf. ↑disposition) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|a|ble — tem|per «TEHM puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. state of mind; disposition; mood: »She has a sweet temper. She was in no temper to be kept waiting. SYNONYM(S): humor. See syn. under disposition. (Cf. ↑disposition) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem|per — «TEHM puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. state of mind; disposition; mood: »She has a sweet temper. She was in no temper to be kept waiting. SYNONYM(S): humor. See syn. under disposition. (Cf. ↑disposition) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tem´per|a|men´tal|ly — tem|per|a|men|tal «TEHM puhr uh MEHN tuhl, pruh », adjective. 1. subject to moods and whims; easily irritated; sensitive. 2. showing a strongly marked individual temperament. 3. due to temperament; constitutional: »Cats have a temperamental… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • tem|per|ance — «TEHM puhr uhns, pruhns», noun. 1. the state or quality of being moderate in action, speech, or habits; self control: »Temperance should be applied not only to food and drink but also to work and play. 2. the state or quality of being moderate in …   Useful english dictionary