temper

temper
I UK [ˈtempə(r)] / US [ˈtempər] noun
Word forms "temper":
singular temper plural tempers
**
1) [countable/uncountable] a tendency to get angry very quickly

That temper of yours is going to get you into trouble.

She should never have married a man with such a violent temper.

have a short temper (= become angry very quickly):

He's not a bad boss, but he has a short temper.

control your temper:

Andrew has not yet learned to control his temper.

tempers flare (= people get angry):

Tempers flared and things began to get out of control.

tempers fray (= people start to get angry):

It was a difficult meeting and tempers got a bit frayed.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with temper
▪  bad, fiery, foul, nasty, quick, short, violent
2)
a) [singular/uncountable] a particular emotional state or mood
in a bad/foul/terrible etc temper:

When Mark turned up he was in a foul temper.

in a good temper:

He seems to be in a good temper.

b) an extremely angry state
be in a temper:

He doesn't mean what he says when he's in a temper.

get/fly into a temper:

When she refused to help, he flew into a temper.

a fit of temper (= a sudden short period of uncontrolled anger):

He stormed out of the room in a fit of temper.

a temper tantrum (= a sudden short period of uncontrolled anger):

As a small child he had had violent temper tantrums.

keep your temper (with) — to stay calm and not get angry

It's important to keep your temper with the children.

lose your temper (with) — to become very angry

She hardly ever lost her temper.


II UK [ˈtempə(r)] / US [ˈtempər] verb [transitive]
Word forms "temper":
present tense I/you/we/they temper he/she/it tempers present participle tempering past tense tempered past participle tempered
1) formal to make something less strong or extreme, especially by adding something that has the opposite effect

hot, sunny days tempered by a light breeze

The time had come to temper idealism with reality.

2) to make steel hard by heating it and then making it cold

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  • Temper — Tem per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tempered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tempering}.] [AS. temprian or OF. temper, F. temp[ e]rer, and (in sense 3) temper, L. temperare, akin to tempus time. Cf. {Temporal}, {Distemper}, {Tamper}.] 1. To mingle in due… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temper — [n1] state of mind atmosphere, attitude, attribute, aura, character, climate, complexion, condition, constitution, disposition, drift, frame of mind, humor, individualism, individuality, leaning, makeup, mind, mood, nature, orientation, outlook,… …   New thesaurus

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  • temper — vb *moderate, qualify Analogous words: *adjust, regulate, fix: mitigate, alleviate, lighten, assuage, allay, *relieve: mollify, *pacify, appease Antonyms: intensify temper n 1 * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Temper — Tem per, v. i. 1. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable. [1913 Webster] I have him already tempering between my finger and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Temper — Temper. См. Отпуск. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • temper — index abate (lessen), adapt, adjust (regulate), allay, alleviate, alter, animus …   Law dictionary

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