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[ UK /tˈɛmpɹəmənt/ ]
[ US /ˈtɛmpɝmənt, ˈtɛmpɹəmənt/ ]
  1. excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)
  2. an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys
  3. your usual mood
    he has a happy disposition
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How To Use temperament In A Sentence

  • His impulsive temperament regularly got him into difficulties.
  • The original Ulysses may have been Ithacan, but this one is more of a Spartan in temperament. Big Questions and Little Trinkets
  • To be a champion, skill is not enough you have to have the right temperament.
  • This friend is rather temperamental and I don't know how they'll react.
  • They are wholly unfitted, by temperament and training, for the cut-throat, hard-nosed commercial environment in which they now find themselves.
  • She stubbed her toe and managed to release the guitar from its holding and it twanged on the ground, waking the two very unstable-temperamental parents below.
  • He is infamous throughout the village for his bitter temperament and quickness to anger.
  • The third temperament is called choleric; it applies to the hard-driving, “get things done” kind of person. If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts?
  • The guitar - at least if the player picks, rather than strums - always struck me as temperamental an instrument as the French horn, even under the hands of a decent executant.
  • Ida Willis is a no-nonsense, interfering housekeeper whose temperament is ill-suited to her clients.
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