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[ UK /tˌɛmpɹəmˈɛntə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌtɛmpɝˈmɛntəɫ, ˌtɛmpɹəˈmɛntəɫ/ ]
  1. relating to or caused by temperament
    temperamental indifference to neatness
    temperamental peculiarities
  2. likely to perform unpredictably
    that beautiful but temperamental instrument the flute
    erratic winds are the bane of a sailor
    a temperamental motor; sometimes it would start and sometimes it wouldn't
  3. subject to sharply varying moods
    a temperamental opera singer
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How To Use temperamental In A Sentence

  • This friend is rather temperamental and I don't know how they'll react.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be careful how you approach her - she's very temperamental.
  • Temperamentally and ideologically, the two men fit hand in glove.
  • He was temperamental, a kind of simple man, withdrawn, a loner.
  • The new series acquisitions feature some of the best characters that the manga world has to offer, including fighting maids, a temperamental rain goddess, and — in a unique twist — cute, talking bacteria. 28 « September « 2008 « The Manga Curmudgeon
  • If temperamental young starlets like Rooney or Ronaldo had behaved in this fashion, we may have been able to put it down to inexperience and youthful mischief.
  • temperamentally suited to each other
  • Both men were temperamental and subject to long periods of brooding followed by explosive outbursts of anger.
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