ill temper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ill temper a persisting angry mood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ill temper anger; moroseness; crossness.
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Quotations

  • Hannah More
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    “Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.”

Usage

In literature:

But I don't think he should be allowed to wreak his ill-temper on Isabel.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
She also appeared moody; and if one could judge by her countenance, felt equally disposed to melancholy or ill-temper.
"The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
The Chevalier saw that if he became serious, violent, or ill-tempered, he was lost.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Of course it is only Giles's ill temper: he cannot really think you wanting in ballast.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
There was something ill-tempered about his movements which made her want to go dancingly across and say teasing things to him.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
But the hardness and stupidity, and the ill-temper, all combined and clearly shown in her letters, repelled her tutor.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
Her mother was greatly grieved and distressed by these outbreaks of ill temper, and did all in her power to restrain them.
"The Nest in the Honeysuckles, and other Stories" by Various
But surely she was ill tempered?
"King Olaf's Kinsman" by Charles Whistler
He looked at her, numb and hungry with the stir of the father-love, sorry for his ill temper, puzzling his brain for something to say.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
The whole court suffered from the depressing effects of the young lady's ill-temper.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I'm the ill-tempered incompetent, he's the forbearing wise man.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
Adela was not ill-tempered as a rule.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Ill-temper comes to the top.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
Would there not be chronic ill-temper on both sides?
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
After a few hours he returned, not blindly drunk, but spiteful, ill-tempered, and stupidly brutal.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
His genial Irish smile, when in action, concealed the ill-tempered lines of his thin old face.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
The peculiarity of ill temper is that it is the vice of the virtuous.
"The Greatest Thing In the World and Other Addresses" by Henry Drummond
Do you know, Carr, I think I am growing ill-tempered from trouble.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He was no favorite, and only his goodly property tempered his ill repute.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I was very near ill temper, I assure you, for my position was embarrassing.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

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
They'd better bi hawf have a hump o' ther rig,
Or be favvor'd as ill as old Flew;
If ther temper is sweet, chaps 'll net care a fig,
Tho' his wife may have one ee or two.
"What It Comes To" by John Hartley
See! on yon board is their banquet spread,
Coarse broken remnants of mouldy bread;
No cheerful flame in the fire-place bare
To temper the cold of the biting air,
Or the chill of the snow on the rotting floor,
Drifting beneath the ill-closed door.
"Rich And Poor" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

I continue to get heat from Chomsky supporters for my (yes, ill-tempered) post the other day.
An ill-tempered, sometimes violent husband and his despairing wife.
The "Grumpy Old Men" (played by Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Burgess Meredith) made us laugh, but those ill-tempered characters weren't doing themselves any favors.
Gas lines, ill-tempered drivers plague Long Island after Sandy.
INTERVIEWS Hear Sleepies' Ill-Tempered 'Combat' Single.
Ill-tempered Broncos get a little too physical at training camp.
The column gods smiled, for instance, when Michael Delesdernier chose to copy his latest ill-tempered and illiterate email to the Times-Picayune.
LONDON (AP) — UEFA imposed heavy sanctions on Serbia on Thursday for an on-pitch brawl and its fans' racial abuse of England players at an ill-tempered under-21s match.
Rather than the measured analysis of a historian, this book offers a detailed description of the always colorful, never dull and often ill-tempered Churchill in roaring action.
I think what "End of My Rope" (May 3) may have failed to say is that she's tired of sacrificing her own life to care for her ill-tempered, terminally ill husband.
Hatcher , 42 years, of Temperance, Mich. July 19, 2011, in St Vincent Mercy Medical Center after a short illness.
So says Bill Murray in Scrooged, playing ill-tempered TV executive Frank Cross, after suffering through a series of bad promo spots.
INTERVIEWS Hear Sleepies' Ill- Tempered 'Combat' Single.
Ill- tempered Broncos get a little too physical at training camp.
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