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Word: temperament

Definition: characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess; ADJ. temperamental: of temperament; having frequent changes of temper; Ex. temperamental dislike of sports; Ex. temperamental actress


Sentences Containing 'temperament'

This wine shop keeper was a bull necked, martial looking man of thirty, and he should have been of a hot temperament, for, although it was a bitter day, he wore no coat, but carried one slung over his shoulder.
His interest will be more on the aesthetic side, in the feelings directly concerned with form and color; or on the side of the mental associations connected with appearances, according to his temperament.
But every age differs in its temperament, and the artistic conventions of one age seldom fit another.
There are many different methods of drawing in line, and a student of any originality will find one that suits his temperament.
Here we approach very debatable and shadowy ground, and we can do little but ask questions, the answer to which will vary with each individual temperament.
``Madame de Saint Meran, whom I once saw, was short, of slender form, and of a much more nervous than sanguine temperament; grief could hardly produce apoplexy in such a constitution as that of Madame de Saint Meran.''
A man of the count's temperament could not long indulge in that melancholy which can exist in common minds, but which destroys superior ones.
How completely they failed is manifest from the fact that with all his sanguine temperament and indomitable perseverance he was unable to maintain the struggle to gain a livelihood as a dramatist for more than three years; nor was the rising popularity of Lope the cause, as is often said, notwithstanding his own words to the contrary.
Add to all this his vital energy and mental activity, his restless invention and his sanguine temperament, and there will be reason enough to doubt whether his could have been a very unhappy life.
Don Quixote's cares kept him restless, so much so that he awoke Sancho and said to him, "I am amazed, Sancho, at the unconcern of thy temperament.
As this was a great deal for the carrier (whose name was Mr. Barkis) to say--he being, as I observed in a former chapter, of a phlegmatic temperament, and not at all conversational--I offered him a cake as a mark of attention, which he ate at one gulp, exactly like an elephant, and which made no more impression on his big face than it would have done on an elephant's.
But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results.
But I found out afterwards that he was a mild man of a heavy temperament, whose place in the business was to keep himself in the background, and be constantly exhibited by name as the most obdurate and ruthless of men.
What is best suited to a person of Mr. Micawber's peculiar temperament is, I am convinced, a certainty.'

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