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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: temperamentum, from temperare; TEMPER2

temperament

noun
     
tem‧pe‧ra‧ment [uncountable and countable]
the emotional part of someone's character, especially how likely they are to be happy, angry etc
artistic/nervous/good etc temperament
Jill has such a lovely relaxed temperament.
by temperament
Tolkien was, by temperament, a very different man from Lewis.

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