phlegmatic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj phlegmatic showing little emotion "a phlegmatic...and certainly undemonstrative man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phlegmatic Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution.
    • Phlegmatic Generating or causing phlegm. "Cold and phlegmatic habitations."
    • Phlegmatic Not easily excited to action or passion; cold; dull; sluggish; heavy; as, a phlegmatic person.
    • Phlegmatic Watery. "Aqueous and phlegmatic ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • phlegmatic Of the nature of phlegm; watery; aqueous: as, phlegmatic humors.
    • phlegmatic Generating or causing phlegm.
    • phlegmatic Abounding in phlegm; lymphatic; hence, cold; dull; sluggish; heavy; not easily excited to action or passion; apathetic; cool and self-restrained: as, a phlegmatic temperament. See temperament.
    • phlegmatic Synonyms Frigid, impassive, unsusceptible. See apathy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Phlegmatic abounding in or generating phlegm: cold: sluggish: not easily excited
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. phlegmaticus, Gr. : cf. F. phlegmatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. phlegma, phlegmatosphlegein, to burn.

Usage

In literature:

With a calm and phlegmatic German the case is quite different.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
She was phlegmatic and slow.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
Religion is not feeling, because there are many phlegmatic, God-fearing men whose religion consists in good works.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Bocardo paid no attention to the threatening demonstration of his associate, but sat phlegmatically silent.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
They were not seized by any quick panic; they were too phlegmatic for that.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
Phlegmatic people seldom psychometrize clearly, and usually lack receptivity to the finer forces.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
Wide open eyes, with the white visible, I have often observed both in the timid and phlegmatic, and in the courageous and rash.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
He sees how Vandyck is chafing, but he is puzzled by the little lawyer's phlegmatic acceptance of the situation.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
But the phlegmatic Englishman won't lead in that degringolade.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
The Duke was a ton of a little man with the phlegmatic Dutch face.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
What was there about a spot like that to rouse excitement in the breast of the usually phlegmatic Andrew Thorne?
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
The teamsters viewed the unfolding expanse phlegmatically.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Phlegmatic men lay upon their backs, across the seats, with their legs dangling in the aisles.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
They may be said to be a trifle slow and phlegmatic, but by no means stupid.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
Phlegmatic babies can be easily trained.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
O, Kate, what a phlegmatic creature you are!
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
He was a phlegmatic, heavy Dutchman, and seemed decent enough.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
She looked heavy, she looked phlegmatic; there was no response, no softness in her glance.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Can the English ever be called cool and phlegmatic again?
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
But she was prosaic and phlegmatic, and held to the general opinion that nothing unusual ever happened.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
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In news:

More often than not they're muddily recorded "greatest hits" packages that require the artist (and, by extension, the listener) to compete with rattling cutlery and phlegmatic patrons.
"The Queen Will Be Phlegmatic".
The Four T's has its own mini-narrative: a three-part Theme and then four Variations — Melancholic, Sanguinic, Phlegmatic, Choleric — each treating the Theme 's three parts.
It can be pretty funny to watch phlegmatic Portlanders deal with the whimsy .
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