Temperament

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Temperament Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys
  • your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"
  • excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition" ,
  • excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly) ,
  • an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys

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Temperament Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Temperament is a term from psychology to describe the way in which an individual behaves. Examples for temperament are introversion and extroversion. Many psychologists believe that the traits called temperament are innate, and that they are not learned. Temperament also seems to be independent of the mood of the person or animal.

Galen of Pergamon was among the first people to describe different temperaments, or humors, as they were called at the time. Galen identified four types:

These correspond to the four classical elements fire, water, earth and air.



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'Temperament' example sentence in quotations


* Anyone can revolt. It is more difficult silently to obey our own inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our temperament and our gifts. - Georges Rouault


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  • President Obama: a first-class intellect but second-class temperament. Really?
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