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TEMPERAMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does temperament mean? 

TEMPERAMENT (noun)
  The noun TEMPERAMENT has 3 senses:

1. your usual mood
2. excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)
3. an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys

  Familiarity information: TEMPERAMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TEMPERAMENT (noun)


Sense 1temperament [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Your usual mood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

disposition; temperament

Context example:

he has a happy disposition

Hypernyms ("temperament" is a kind of...):

nature (the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions)

Meronyms (parts of "temperament"):

cheer; cheerfulness; sunniness; sunshine (the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom)

uncheerfulness (not conducive to cheer or good spirits)

Attribute:

willing (disposed or inclined toward)

unwilling (not disposed or inclined toward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "temperament"):

ill nature (a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition)

disagreeableness (an ill-tempered and offensive disposition)

willingness (cheerful compliance)

involuntariness; unwillingness (the trait of being unwilling)

friendliness (a friendly disposition)

unsociability; unsociableness (an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship)

unfriendliness (an unfriendly disposition)

calm; calmness; composure; equanimity (steadiness of mind under stress)

discomposure (a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure)

optimism (a general disposition to expect the best in all things)

pessimism (a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things)

epicurism (the disposition and habits of an epicure)

agreeability; agreeableness (a temperamental disposition to be agreeable)

good nature (a cheerful, obliging disposition)

solitariness (the disposition to enjoy being alone)

aloneness; loneliness; lonesomeness; solitude (a disposition toward being alone)

animalism; physicality (preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites)

bloodiness; bloodthirstiness (a disposition to shed blood)

heart; spirit (an inclination or tendency of a certain kind)

nervousness (a sensitive or highly strung temperament)

esprit de corps; morale; team spirit (the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed)

moodiness (having temperamental and changeable moods)

blood (temperament or disposition)

perfectionism (a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable)

permissiveness; tolerance (a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior)

restrictiveness; unpermissiveness (a lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits)

gourmandism (the disposition and habits of a gourmand)


Sense 2temperament [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("temperament" is a kind of...):

emotionalism; emotionality (emotional nature or quality)


Sense 3temperament [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("temperament" is a kind of...):

adjustment; readjustment; registration (the act of adjusting something to match a standard)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "temperament"):

equal temperament (the division of the scale based on an octave that is divided into twelve exactly equal semitones)


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