Temperament is the way you tend to behave or the types of emotions you tend to exhibit.
When a person is calm and collected and doesn't tend to get mad easily, this is an example of a person with a calm temperament.
- Obs. the act or an instance of tempering; proportionate mixture or balance of ingredients
- in medieval physiology, any of the four conditions of body and mind (sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric or bilious, and melancholic ) attributed to an excess of one of the four corresponding humors
- one's customary frame of mind or natural disposition; nature: a man of even temperament
- a nature that is excitable, moody, capricious, volatile, etc.: the temperament of a prima donna
- Music a system of adjustment of the intervals between the tones of an instrument of fixed intonation: it may be pure temperament, in which the intervals are set exactly according to theory, or equal temperament, as in a piano, in which the pitch of the tones is adjusted slightly to make them suitable for all keys
Origin of temperamentMiddle English ; from Classical Latin temperamentum, proper mixing ; from temperare: see temper
- a. The manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting characteristic of a specific person: a nervous temperament. See Synonyms at disposition.b. The distinguishing mental and physical characteristics of a human according to medieval physiology, resulting from dominance of one of the four humors.
- Excessive irritability or sensitiveness: an actor with too much temperament.
- Music See equal temperament.
Origin of temperamentMiddle English, from Latin temper&amacron;mentum, from temper&amacron;re, to temper; see temper.
From Latin temperamentum.