Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys
  2. (noun, attribute) your usual mood
  3. (noun, attribute) excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)

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Synonyms of Temperament


Origin of the word Temperament

  1. early 15c., "proportioned mixture of elements," from L. 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 … more

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