Temperament meaning

tĕmprə-mənt, tĕmpər-ə-
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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.

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A nature that is excitable, moody, capricious, volatile, etc.

The temperament of a prima donna.

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Excessive irritability or sensitiveness.

An actor with too much temperament.

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One's customary frame of mind or natural disposition; nature.

A man of even temperament.

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The manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting characteristic of a specific person.
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A tendency to become irritable or angry.
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A person's normal manner of thinking, behaving or reacting.
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(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.
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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.
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Disposition; temper.
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(music) The altering of certain intervals from their correct values in order to improve the moving from key to key.
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(obs.) The act or an instance of tempering; proportionate mixture or balance of ingredients.
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Origin of temperament

  • Middle English from Latin temperāmentum from temperāre to temper temper

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin temperamentum.

    From Wiktionary