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Definition of Temper


  1. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage; to soothe; to calm.
  2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
  3. To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel.
  4. To govern; to manage.
  5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc.
  6. To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual scale, or to that in actual use.
  7. The state of any compound substance which results from the mixture of various ingredients; due mixture of different qualities; just combination; as, the temper of mortar.
  8. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
  9. Disposition of mind; the constitution of the mind, particularly with regard to the passions and affections; as, a calm temper; a hasty temper; a fretful temper.
  10. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as, to keep one's temper.
  11. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; -- in a reproachful sense.
  12. The state of a metal or other substance, especially as to its hardness, produced by some process of heating or cooling; as, the temper of iron or steel.
  13. Middle state or course; mean; medium.
  14. Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar.
  15. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity.
  16. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable.

Temper Quotations

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Robert Frost

Probably I have more phobias, fear and eccentricities than I would care to admit. I don't think I'm in danger of losing my mind, but I do often question my own behavior. I have a very bad temper, and it's not always healthy for me and for others. I make my way in the world more difficult, and I could do with a little more yoga.
Denis O'Hare

Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
Chuck Norris

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself.
Louis D. Brandeis
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Temper Translations

temper in Dutch is harden, temperen, stalen
temper in Italian is temperamento, furia
temper in Latin is tempero
temper in Spanish is humor, furia, temperamento
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