Definition Of temperament


a person's or animal's nature, especially as it permanently affects their behavior.

she had an artistic temperament

the adjustment of intervals in tuning a piano or other musical instrument so as to fit the scale for use in different keys; in equal temperament , the octave consists of twelve equal semitones.

The whole topic of temperament and tuning is sensibly presented, and there are even hints on the purchase and care of instruments.

Example Of temperament

  • "Ross showed signs of temperament early on," reports John.

  • Actually, it is not the Englishman's performances that will be closely examined, but signs that he is managing to keep his suspect temperament in check.

  • All other fairies were nice, but I would like to see more temperament in every character.

  • At what age do signs of temperament emerge?

  • Autocratic rages and selfish bursts of temperament seem not to have been in his repertoire.

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