Definition of temperament noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtemprəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtemprəmənt//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a person’s or an animal’s nature as shown in the way they behave or react to situations or people to have an artistic temperament a horse with an excellent temperament She's a dreamer and a romantic by temperament. To become a champion, you have to have the right temperament.
  2. 2[uncountable] the tendency to get emotional and excited very easily and behave in an unreasonable way an actor given to displays of temperament See related entries: Excitement
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin temperamentum ‘correct mixture’, from temperare ‘mingle’. In early use the word was synonymous with the noun temper.Extra examples He’s given to displays of temperament. She was fiery by temperament. a man of an equable temperament He has to be very diplomatic dealing with such volatile temperaments. The islanders were generally of a benevolent temperament.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: temperament