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good-tempered

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj good-tempered not easily irritated "an equable temper","not everyone shared his placid temperament","remained placid despite the repeated delays"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Good-tempered Having a good temper; not easily vexed or irritated. See Good-natured.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • good-tempered Having a good temper; not easily irritated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Good-tempered possessing a good temper
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good.”
  • Thomas Paine
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    “A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.”
  • Frances E. Willard
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    “Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Good temper is an estate for life.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gód; closely akin to Dut. goed, Ger. gut, Ice. góðr, Goth. gods.

Usage

In literature:

And then she was so clean, so smiling, and so good-tempered.
"Station Amusements" by Lady Barker
I sent for you, said he, in high good humour; but it is impossible to hold it with such an impertinent: however, I'll keep my temper.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
Why, I'd rather be a good horse of blood and temper than half the fellows I know.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He laughed, for he was pleased at his own cleverness, and he also wished to remain good-tempered.
"When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Their chances were fair, for the Maid of Provence had proved swift, good-tempered, and a sweet sailer in bad waters.
"The Trail of the Sword, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Good-temper and brawn weren't enough.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
But as they left the signs of war behind them, the volatile temper of the good bishop began to rise.
"Hypatia" by Charles Kingsley
She scolded a good deal, but was not especially quick-tempered.
"Our Friend John Burroughs" by Clara Barrus
I will approach him after dinner when he is in good temper.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
Nobody ever does that; they are only too glad to keep me in a good temper.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
His reply to Dr. McCrie is marked by excellent temper, humour, and good humor.
"Old Mortality, Illustrated, Volume 1." by Sir Walter Scott
His reply to Dr. McCrie is marked by excellent temper, humour, and good humor.
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
And that good tempered man?
"Monsieur de Pourceaugnac" by Molière
With the farmers who came into market he was bluff and cordial; with the people in general he was genial and good tempered.
"Through the Fray" by G. A. Henty
She's always good-tempered, cheerful, and light-hearted.
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
By inheritance all the qualities of a good horse had come to him except a submissive temper.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
He too had been almost angry, only by nature he was cool and even good-tempered.
"Weighed and Wanting" by George MacDonald
He smiled good-temperedly to himself, and with a sudden movement pinned him up against the wall in time to arrest another fall.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
I was in a very good temper, Mamma, and we had been laughing at everything we said.
"The Visits of Elizabeth" by Elinor Glyn
Humility and Patience, Industry and Temperance, are very often the good Qualities of a poor Man.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
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In poetry:

Whose skill the heavy chain subdued,
And all a captive's woe
Did tame to such a tempered good
As mortal eyes can know.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Since then, I temper so my song
That it may never speak for blood;
May never say that ill is good;
Or say that right may spring from wrong:
"In After Days" by George Frederick Cameron
Let her, whom thou'rt resolv'd to court,
Be of good life and good report —
Her temper mild — her words be few;
Worse than a scorpion is a shrew!
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
O why do we seek, do we hope to bestow
"The colours of heaven on the dwellings of woe?"
'Tis temperance must level the strongholds of crime—
'Tis temperance must herald the "coming good time."
"The Plague of Our Isle" by Janet Hamilton
There was a stock of temper we both had for a start,
Although we never suspected 'twould take us two apart;
I had my various failings, bred in the flesh and bone;
And Betsey, like all good women, had a temper of her own.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
And Katherine's smile was pleasant, and Katherine's temper good,
And how she come to like Tom Smith, I never understood;
For she was a mornin'-glory, as fair as you ever see,
And Tom was a shag-bark hickory, as green as green could be.
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

At a time when optimism for the new year has been buoyed by good prices and strong exports in American agriculture, the euphoria may be tempered at least somewhat by demands on producers' pocketbooks for much higher costs of inputs.
Now, there's no arguing that the US economy has fallen on trying times, but it's nice to temper the bad with the good for some perspective.
They are good tempered horses Call or email if interested my name is steven.
Get discipline tips to manage your big kid's temper tantrums, teach good manners and etiquette, help resolve school issues, and find birthday party ideas for 6 year olds.
Chris Brown feels bad about his temper tantrum at "Good Morning America" earlier this week, and he's sorry.
Prospects For Holiday Sales Good, But May Be Tempered By Lingering Unemployment.
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In science:

Isolated high mountains on islands in temperate oceans, where the weather is good and a laminar air flow and large thermal inertia of surrounding ocean keep the inversion layer low.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
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