phlegmatic

[ fleg-mat-ik or fleg-mat-i-kuhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF phlegmatic
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They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.

The constables were fat, phlegmatic, and anything but heroic.

He was a phlegmatic, heavy Dutchman, and seemed decent enough.

This phlegmatic animal had been enjoying himself for the last half hour.

Then we beheld a spectacle calculated to thrill the most phlegmatic fisherman.

The phlegmatic Englishman stamps and gesticulates with all the energy of a madman.

Within a few hours, their phlegmatic blandness had begun to pass.

The Duke was a ton of a little man with the phlegmatic Dutch face.

Yet he is not phlegmatic; indeed, he is extraordinarily animated.

Nevertheless, we would not have it understood that Will was a slow, phlegmatic baby.

WORD ORIGIN

"cool, calm, self-possessed," and in a more pejorative sense, "cold, dull, apathetic," 1570s, from literal sense "abounding in phlegm (as a bodily humor)" (mid-14c., fleumatik), from Old French fleumatique (13c., Modern French flegmatique), from Late Latin phlegmaticus, from Greek phlegmatikos "abounding in phlegm" (see phlegm).

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