(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. temperament, nature, disposition; mood, humor, tone; tantrum, passion, rage; mettle, quality; calmness, composure, equanimity. See irascibility, feeling, intrinsic. —v. t. moderate, soften; harden, anneal, toughen. See hardness, softness, change.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [State of mind]
Syn. disposition, temperament, frame of mind, humor; see mood 1 .
2. [An angry state of mind]
Syn. furor, ire, passion; see anger , rage 2 .
3. [The quality of being easily angered]
Syn. impatience, excitability, touchiness, sourness, sensitivity, fretfulness, peevishness, irritability, ill-humor, acerbity, petulence, irascibility, crossness, churlishness, pugnacity, sullenness, tartness, grouchiness*, huffiness*, cantankerousness*.
Ant. patience*, calmness, equanimity.
4. [The quality of induced hardness or toughness in materials]
Syn. tensile strength, sturdiness, hardness; see firmness 2 , strength 1 .
5. [Composure]
Syn. equanimity, poise, tranquility; see composure .
keep one's temper,
Syn. remain calm, control oneself, compose oneself, not become angry; see restrain 1 .
lose one's temper,
Syn. become angry, get mad, fly off the handle*, go bananas*; see rage 1 .
See Synonym Study at mood , disposition . v.
1. [To soften or qualify]
Syn. mitigate, pacify, moderate, abate, mollify, curb, restrain; see also ease 1 , 2 , soften 2 .
Ant. attack*, violate injure.
2. [To toughen or harden]
Syn. steel, anneal, braze, bake, chill, stiffen, caseharden, cement, vulcanize, solidify, congeal, indurate, starch, petrify, mold, set, dry, toughen up*; see also strengthen .
Ant. melt, dissolve, soften.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. frame of mind mood, disposition, temperament, spirits, humor, attitude, outlook, character.
2. tendency to become angry *short fuse, *hairtrigger temper, *low boiling point, *low critical mass, *hot blood, *hot head, explosive personality, volatility, impatience, irritability, personality, *walking time bomb.
3. anger rage, tantrum, outburst, fury, wrath, rampage, *blowup, storm.
4. composure calmness, equanimity, good humor, sang-froid, coolness.
ANT.: 2. *long fuse, *high boiling point, easygoing personality, cool head. 3. composure, calmness, tranquility
1. moderate soften, lessen, tone down, ease, mollify, assuage, dilute, mitigate, relieve, pacify.
2. toughen harden, strengthen, anneal.
ANT.: 1. intensify, harden, increase. 2. soften, weaken
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb To make or become less severe or extreme: moderate, mute, qualify, soften, subdue, tame, tone down. See INCREASE. II noun 1. A person's customary manner of emotional response: complexion, disposition, humor, nature, temperament. See BE. 2. A temporary state of mind or feeling: frame of mind, humor, mood, spirit (used in plural), vein. See FEELINGS. 3. A tendency to become angry or irritable: irascibility, irascibleness, spleen, temperament, tetchiness. Informal: dander. Slang: short fuse. Idiom: low boiling point. See FEELINGS. 4. An angry outburst: fit2, huff, passion, tantrum. Informal: conniption, conniption fit. See FEELINGS. 5. A prevailing quality, as of thought, behavior, or attitude: climate, mood, spirit, tone. See ATTITUDE.

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