• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bad-tempered annoyed and irritable
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  • Alfred Adler
    “We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.”


In literature:

Sterling, he lectured on temperance one night, and the bad fellows made a little disturbance.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
Terrors from Tartarus, those to which only Bad Temper can blind them.
"Punch Among the Planets" by Various
TORVALD was just as bad; but he is always so good-tempered after champagne.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 18, 1891" by Various
It is not easy to be bad-tempered over this saddening business; one has to be pitiful.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
John Derringham was in a bad temper.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
I still had fits of bad temper, and sometimes they came into collision with A.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
On this occasion he exhibited even more than his usual bad temper and bad taste.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
She must be pardoned her bad temper in the past, she said.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
He was a stern man, with a bad temper, and seemed to have made it a point in life never to yield to anyone in anything.
"The Story of Manhattan" by Charles Hemstreet
The first to appear was a tall, handsome, bad-tempered-looking girl.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

He said "I'd gladly tell you how,
And also tell you why;
But" (here he gave a little bow)
"You're in so bad a temper now,
You'd think it all a lie.
"Phantasmagoria Canto I (The Trystyng )" by Lewis Carroll
THOUGH tempers are bad and peevish folks swear,
Remember to ruffle thy brows, friend, ne'er;
And let not the fancies of women so fair
E'er serve thy pleasure in life to impair.
"The Way To Behave" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Bad are my thoughts, but worse my deeds by far —
Foul is my tongue, and infinite my fraud —
My temper's hot, but very cold my pray'r :
Pardon me all, I've done amiss, O God! —
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard
Shoo wornt too gooid, for her temper wor hot,
An when her tongue started, shoo wag'd it a lot;
An it worn't all pleasant, an some on it bad,
But oh! shoo wor bonny!--soa bonny mi lad.
"Soa Bonny" by John Hartley
At their feet, the sea waves bow in single file.
Never trespassing in bad temper:
Stalling in midair, Short-reined, pawing like paradeground horses.
Overhead, the clouds sit tasseled and fancy
"A Life" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

ANYONE struggling to understand why Europe has proved incapable of putting an end to the euro's crisis might find answers in a bad-tempered dinner at a summit on October 28th 2010.
Shane Cameron has shown the first signs that Monte Barrett is getting under his skin during a bad-tempered exchange between the pair today.
The fashion industry and its symbiotic cousin, the fashion industry media, are notorious for their impossible, bad-tempered, cruel, insulting, arrogant bosses.
In a show-stopping breakout of the 19th annual MTV Movie Awards, the fit and fabulous 47-year-old reprised his role as the fat, balding, bad-tempered and foul-mouthed Hollywood producer Les Grossman, who he played in Tropic Thunder.
Marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite.
Woman's Christian Temperance Union president Rita Wert said Tuesday that serving beer at the so-called brat summit sets a bad example.
Early on the morning of July 25, 1909, French aviator Louis Blériot woke up in a bad temper due to a recent injury.
Women's Christian Temperance Union president Rita Wert said Tuesday that serving beer at the so-called brat summit sets a bad example.
Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic , officious and callous.
He's nice, sweet, loving, caring, but has a bad temper.
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.
A political scandal in the United Kingdom involving a bicycle, a police officer and a bad-tempered Cabinet minister has laid bare lingering tensions over the British class system.
So says Bill Murray in Scrooged, playing ill-tempered TV executive Frank Cross, after suffering through a series of bad promo spots.
A Kardashian family insider says that Khloe has nothing but bad things to say about West, accusing him of being rude, arrogant and temper-bearing.
Chris Brown feels bad about his temper tantrum at "Good Morning America" earlier this week, and he's sorry.