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temper

tem·per

temper

 
 
pronunciation:
tem pr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a habitual state of mind or manner of feeling.
Optimism was the prevailing temper of that decade.She's always had a sunny temper.
synonyms:
disposition, spirit
similar words:
attitude, opinion, pulse, state
definition 2: a state of mind or emotion at a specific time, esp. regarding contentment or irritability; mood.
Don't ask him for any favor right now; he's in a very bad temper.
synonyms:
humor, mood, spirits
similar words:
attitude, blood, feeling, state
definition 3: a mood of anger, rage, resentment, or the like.
In a fit of temper, he stomped out the door.
synonyms:
anger, pique, rage, snit
similar words:
fit, irritability, passion, spleen, tantrum
definition 4: a tendency to be easily irritated or angered.
Just let him explain, and please try to control your temper!We always tried not to upset our father because he had a very bad temper.
synonyms:
short fuse, temperament
similar words:
excitability
definition 5: calmness or patience; composure.
She'd been waiting very patiently, but finally she lost her temper.
synonyms:
composure, equanimity, equilibrium, poise, self-possession
similar words:
calm, patience, serenity, stability
definition 6: the strength, hardness, or toughness of a metal, esp. steel, that results from tempering, as from heating and then cooling.
similar words:
toughness
definition 7: an ingredient added to something to alter or modify its characteristics.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tempered, tempering, tempers
definition 1: to adjust, moderate, or mitigate.
The sergeant tempered harshness with occasional humor.
synonyms:
mitigate, moderate, tone down
antonyms:
intensify
similar words:
allay, alloy, blunt, cool, cushion, modify, mollify, mute, qualify, smooth, soft-pedal, soften
definition 2: to strengthen or harden (steel, cast iron, or the like), as by heating and then cooling.
similar words:
season, toughen
definition 3: to bring to a specified or desirable state by mixing in another substance, as by mixing clay with water.
similar words:
condition, season
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be or become tempered.
synonyms:
season
similar words:
adapt, cool, mature, mellow, mitigate, moderate, ripen
derivations: temperable (adj.), temperability (n.), temperer (n.)
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