temper and temperament

  • Lis48

    Senior Member
    English - British
    A temper is a characteristic of a man with an angry temperament but someone can have a kind temperament and never lose their temper at all.


    Senior Member
    A "temper", to me, refers to a person's likelihood of getting angry in a situation. "He has a hot/volatile/even temper" tells you the likelihood of a person responding in anger to a given situation.

    "Temperament" is more the overall "default" mood and emotional baseline of a person, in my opinion. "She has a morose temperament" means that she walks around in a state of moroseness without any outside influence causing that mood. "She has a sunny temperament" means that, with no outside effect or influence, she will tend to see things optimistically and approach situations in a cheerful mood.
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