Choleric temperament
Choleric Chol"er*ic, a. [L. cholericus, Gr. ?: cf. F. chol['e]rique.] 1. Abounding with, or producing choler, or bile. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Easily irritated; irascible; inclined to anger. [1913 Webster]

3. Angry; indicating anger; excited by anger. ``Choleric speech.'' --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

{Choleric temperament}, the bilious temperament. [1913 Webster]


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  • Choleric — Chol er*ic, a. [L. cholericus, Gr. ?: cf. F. chol[ e]rique.] 1. Abounding with, or producing choler, or bile. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Easily irritated; irascible; inclined to anger. [1913 Webster] 3. Angry; indicating anger; excited by anger.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Temperament — Tem per*a*ment, n. [L. temperamentum a mixing in due proportion, proper measure, temperament: cf. F. temp[ e]rament. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temperament — [tem′pər ə mənt, tem′prə mənt] n. [ME < L temperamentum, proper mixing < temperare: see TEMPER] 1. Obs. the act or an instance of tempering; proportionate mixture or balance of ingredients 2. in medieval physiology, any of the four… …   English World dictionary

  • choleric — (adj.) mid 14c., colrik, bilious of temperament or complexion, from O.Fr. colerique, from L.L. cholericus, from Gk. kholerikos (see CHOLER (Cf. choler)). Meaning easily angered, hot tempered is from 1580s (from the supposed effect of excess… …   Etymology dictionary

  • choleric — [käl′ər ik, kə ler′ik] adj. [ME colerik, having choler as the predominant humor, hence of bilious temperament < OFr colerique < L cholericus < Gr cholerikos: see CHOLERA] 1. having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature 2. Obs. of …   English World dictionary

  • temperament — early 15c., proportioned mixture of elements, from L. temperamentum proper mixture, from temperare to mix (see TEMPER (Cf. temper)). In medieval theory, it meant a combination of qualities (hot, cold, moist, dry) that determined the nature of an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Temperament — In psychology, temperament is the innate aspect of an individual s personality, such as introversion or extroversion.Temperament is defined as that part of the personality which is genetically based. Along with character, and those aspects… …   Wikipedia

  • temperament — /tem peuhr euh meuhnt, preuh meuhnt, peuhr meuhnt/, n. 1. the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition. 2. unusual personal attitude or nature as manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper,… …   Universalium

  • Equal temperament — Temperament Tem per*a*ment, n. [L. temperamentum a mixing in due proportion, proper measure, temperament: cf. F. temp[ e]rament. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unequal temperament — Temperament Tem per*a*ment, n. [L. temperamentum a mixing in due proportion, proper measure, temperament: cf. F. temp[ e]rament. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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