Last modified on 16 December 2014, at 23:21

phlegmatic

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French fleumatique. See phlegm.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

phlegmatic (comparative more phlegmatic, superlative most phlegmatic)

  1. Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.
    • 1873, Jules Verne, chapter 2, Around the World in 80 Days[1]:
      Calm and phlegmatic, with a clear eye, Mr. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure which Angelica Kauffmann has so skilfully represented on canvas.
    • 2013, A.O. Scott, “How It Looks to Think: Watch Her,” Rev. of Hannah Arendt, dir. by Margarethe von Trotta, New York Times 29 May 2013: C1. Print.
      Their friendship (immortalized in a splendid volume of letters that has clearly served as one of Ms. von Trotta's sources) is a fascinating study in cultural and temperamental contrast, an impulsive and witty American paired with a steady, phlegmatic German.
  2. (archaic) Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution.
  3. Generating, causing, or full of phlegm.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      cold and phlegmatic habitations
  4. Watery.

SynonymsEdit

Related termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

NounEdit

phlegmatic (plural phlegmatics)

  1. One who has a phlegmatic disposition.

TranslationsEdit