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Definitions of temper:

part of speech: noun

State of a metal as to its hardness or toughness; the degree of firmness or softness in a properly proportioned mixture, as of clay or mortar; mental disposition; as, a mild temper; mood; readiness to anger; self- control.

part of speech: noun

Due mixture or balance of different or contrary qualities: state of a metal as to hardness, etc.: constitution of the body: state of mind, esp. with regard to feelings: passion: calmness or moderation.

part of speech: verb transitive

To change or regulate; to soften; as, to temper a rebuke with a smile; make gentle; to mix to the proper degree of firmness or softness, as clay; bring to a proper degree of toughness or hardness; as, to temper steel.

part of speech: verb

To mix so that one part qualifies the other; to qualify; to make fit; to unite in due proportion; to form to a proper degree of hardness, as metals; to soften; to mollify.

part of speech: noun

A mixture of different qualities in due proportion; the state of a substance made up from the mixture of various ingredients; the state or constitution of the mind; disposition of mind; mood; irritation; the state of a metal as to its quality of hardness.

part of speech: verb transitive

To mix in due proportion: to modify by mixture: to moderate: to soften: to bring to a proper degree of hardness, as a metal.

Usage examples for temper:

  • Here at last Morris lost his temper "Washington Square", Henry James
  • I am just the sort of man to bear, but never to forgive a woman's ill temper viz. "Pelham, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  • His temper grew worse. "The Emancipated", George Gissing
  • Not but what 'a had a temper at times! "The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes", Thomas Hardy
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