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temper

Synonyms of temper in English:

noun

  • 1 Drew had walked out in a temper
    fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad/ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm;
    fit of pique, bad mood, mood, pet, sulk
    informal grump, huff, snit
    British informal strop, paddy
    British informal , dated bate, wax, skid
    North American informal blowout, hissy fit
    archaic paddywhack, miff
  • 3 she struggled to keep her temper
  • 4 he was of a placid temper
    mood, frame of mind, cast of mind, habit of mind, attitude
    archaic humour, grain
  • Phrases

    lose one's temper

    1
    suddenly, Maria lost her temper
    become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
    informal go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linear
    British informal go spare, go crackers, throw a wobbly, get one's knickers in a twist
    North American informal flip one's wig
    Australian/New Zealand informal go crook
    vulgar slang go apeshit

    verb

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  • 1 the steel is tempered by heat treatment
    harden, strengthen, toughen, fortify
    technical anneal
  • 2 their idealism is tempered with realism
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