phlegmatical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj phlegmatical showing little emotion "a phlegmatic...and certainly undemonstrative man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Phlegmatical Phlegmatic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • phlegmatical Same as phlegmatic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Phlegmatical abounding in or generating phlegm: cold: sluggish: not easily excited
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. phlegma, phlegmatosphlegein, to burn.

Usage

In literature:

He certainly took things very phlegmatically.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
Would its phlegmatic denizen of colonial times recognize the site of his farms or his mills?
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
The Dutch surrendered and took their medicine phlegmatically.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The stall's phlegmatic proprietor drowsed with the glass mouthpiece of his narghilly between his lips.
"An Old Meerschaum" by David Christie Murray
He was passionless even in relations which usually arouse warmth in the most phlegmatic natures.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Ole Thorwald, excepting when engaged in actual battle, was phlegmatic, and constitutionally lazy and happy.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
The phlegmatic man will live longer, all other things being equal, than the sanguine, nervous individual.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
He was a phlegmatic young man.
"The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds" by Francis Flagg
If you have to deal, for example, with a phlegmatic gloomy man, take him, if you can, over his bottle.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
F very phlegmatic about it.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
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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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