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Definition of "temperament" []

  • The manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting characteristic of a specific person: a nervous temperament. See Synonyms at disposition. (noun)
  • The distinguishing mental and physical characteristics of a human according to medieval physiology, resulting from dominance of one of the four humors. (noun)
  • Excessive irritability or sensitiveness: an actor with too much temperament. (noun)
  • Music Equal temperament. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "temperament" in a sentence
  • "The Latin temperament is “Hot,” wide eyed and accentuated with drama, which makes pouring a cup of coffee feel like a grand finale …"
  • "The link there has been that -- that what we call temperament, which is the early basic wiring and propensity for infants to act in a very distinctive way at birth, does have, for two of the temperaments that we studied with brain imaging a genetic component."
  • "The easiest way to experience a change in temperament is to wait."