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ill temper

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noun
  1. bad or irritable disposition.
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Origin of ill temper

First recorded in 1595–1605
Related formsill-tem·pered, adjectiveill-tem·pered·ly, adverbill-tem·pered·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for ill temper

Historical Examples

  • Kitty: Is it my fault that my uncle and aunt are witnesses of your ill-temper?

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893

    Various

  • There was beginning to be a good deal of ill-temper and swearing among us.

  • If the opportunity does not come naturally, ill-temper will make one.

  • I am quite ashamed of my ill-temper, and hope you'll forgive it.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • The ill-temper had lost its picturesqueness, and become worse than grotesque.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for ill temper

ill temper

noun
  1. bad temper; irritability
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