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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

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. - Charles Dickens
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Charles Dickens

I don't usually lose my temper, but if I get angry, it's true - I'm scary.
Eva Mendes

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
Bruce Lee

My father wasn't perfect. He had a temper. I took some of that. He would snap, but the older he got, he started calming down. He learned about life, but the thing that he taught my whole family was that family was the most important thing and, no matter what, if a family member needs you, you go and help them out; you get there.
Adam Sandler
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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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