Synonyms of phlegmatic in English:
1 I come from a very demonstrative, emotional Italian family—I can't remember one phlegmatic moment from my childhood
calm, cool, composed, 'calm, cool, and collected', controlled, serene, tranquil, placid, impassive, imperturbable, unruffled, dispassionate, philosophical;
Of the descriptions of human personality derived from the idea of bodily humors, phlegmatic seems to have been left behind. (We use humorous and melancholy all the time, of course, and even bilious and choleric are relatively familiar.) Just because it describes a personality type that is, by its nature, unemotional and self-effacing, refusing to draw attention to itself, doesn't mean the word itself should be overlooked. They are poorly represented on reality-TV shows, but lots of people—accountants, failed Democratic presidential candidates, Belgians—are phlegmatic. Speak up for them!David Auburn
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