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ˈtɛm pər ə mənt, -prə mənt, -pər mənttem·per·a·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposition, temperament(noun)

    your usual mood

    "he has a happy disposition"

  2. temperament(noun)

    excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)

  3. temperament(noun)

    an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys


  1. temperament(Noun)

    A moderate and proportionable mixture of elements or ingredients in a compound; the condition in which elements are mixed in their proper proportions.

  2. temperament(Noun)

    Any state or condition as determined by the proportion of its ingredients or the manner in which they are mixed; consistence, composition; mixture.

  3. temperament(Noun)

    a person's normal manner of thinking, behaving or reacting

  4. temperament(Noun)

    a tendency to become irritable or angry

  5. temperament(Noun)

    the altering of certain intervals from their correct values in order to improve the moving from key to key

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temperament(verb)

    internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities, or constituent parts

  2. Temperament(verb)

    due mixture of qualities; a condition brought about by mutual compromises or concessions

  3. Temperament(verb)

    the act of tempering or modifying; adjustment, as of clashing rules, interests, passions, or the like; also, the means by which such adjustment is effected

  4. Temperament(verb)

    condition with regard to heat or cold; temperature

  5. Temperament(verb)

    a system of compromises in the tuning of organs, pianofortes, and the like, whereby the tones generated with the vibrations of a ground tone are mutually modified and in part canceled, until their number reduced to the actual practicable scale of twelve tones to the octave. This scale, although in so far artificial, is yet closely suggestive of its origin in nature, and this system of tuning, although not mathematically true, yet satisfies the ear, while it has the convenience that the same twelve fixed tones answer for every key or scale, C/ becoming identical with D/, and so on

  6. Temperament(verb)

    the peculiar physical and mental character of an individual, in olden times erroneously supposed to be due to individual variation in the relations and proportions of the constituent parts of the body, especially of the fluids, as the bile, blood, lymph, etc. Hence the phrases, bilious or choleric temperament, sanguine temperament, etc., implying a predominance of one of these fluids and a corresponding influence on the temperament


  1. Temperament

    In psychology, temperament refers to those aspects of an individual's personality, such as introversion or extroversion, that are often regarded as innate rather than learned. A great many classificatory schemes for temperament have been developed; none, though, has achieved general consensus in academia. Historically, the concept of temperament was part of the theory of the four humours, with their corresponding four temperaments. The concept played an important part in pre-modern psychology, and was explored by philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and Hermann Lotze. David W. Keirsey also drew upon the early models of temperament when developing the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. More recently, scientists seeking evidence of a biological basis of personality have further examined the relationship between temperament and character. However, biological correlations have proven hard to confirm.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Temperament

    tem′pėr-a-ment, n. state with respect to the predominance of any quality: internal constitution or state: disposition, one of the peculiarities of physical and mental organisation which to a certain extent influence our thoughts and actions—choleric or bilious, lymphatic, nervous, sanguine: the adjustment of imperfect concords, so that the difference between two contiguous sounds is reduced to a minimum and the two appear identical—a system of compromise in the tuning of keyed instruments.—adj. Temperamen′tal.—adv. Temperamen′tally. [L. temperamentumtemperāre.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Temperament

    Predisposition to react to one's environment in a certain way; usually refers to mood changes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperament in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of temperament in a Sentence

  1. Lori Gregory:

    His temperament has always remained the same, very people friendly, very touchable, enjoys being around new environments. We are just so thankful to have him to take around, because everybody falls in love with him.

  2. Greg Guma:

    Bernie is modulating his temperament. He is a brusque person who has a tendency to be dismissive, but he is accentuating the winning side of his personality, he is trying to convince people that he is a candidate with mass appeal.

  3. Major Gen. Robert F. Dees:

    Is it about volume, or is it about values? Is it about wild proclamations or is it about policy that leads us to moral high ground as Americans? Is it about tempest or is it about temperament?

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    He was unafraid to take on his party, he could put the temper in temperament, He was a brave and honest man.

  5. Saki:

    Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older; they merely know more.

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