temperament

[ tem-per-uh-muhnt, -pruh-muhnt, -per-muhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF temperament
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Their tone came of temperament, the words themselves of love and its courage.

"Temperament is a peculiar thing," Mr. Cream said as they ascended the stairs.

It was, perhaps, in some measure a matter of temperament with her; but it was also a matter of education.

If I had, I know that one of my temperament could not have escaped serious consequences.

Woman is by her temperament inclined to do too much or to do nothing.

The mob state of mind is lurking still in the excitable American temperament.

The night mitigated the blunders of his temperament, it seemed.

This sudden love for reading had great influence on her temperament.

It is all a matter of temperament and peculiar style of doing battle.

Even the Brackett temperament was not proof against such a shock.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "proportioned mixture of elements," from Latin temperamentum "proper mixture," from temperare "to mix" (see temper). In medieval theory, it meant a combination of qualities (hot, cold, moist, dry) that determined the nature of an organism; this was extended to a combination of the four humors (sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholic) that made up a person's characteristic disposition. General sense of "habit of mind, natural disposition" is from 1821.

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