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  • n. a persisting angry mood


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  • There are signs of rampant bad temper in the steerage, and the gossip is going around that Smoke and Henderson have had a fight.

    Chapter 6

  • God knew Vixen's was a tempting lifestyle — nobody gave you a lot of lip when you had a large sword and a bad temper and a host of spear-carriers to clean up after you — but it just wouldn't play in real life.

    The Warslayer

  • D'Urberville's bad temper cleared up at sight of hers; and he laughed heartily.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Though Eugenists may find a difficulty in reconciling Napier's brilliancy with the extreme youth of his parents, they may at any rate attribute Kepler's occasional fits of bad temper to heredity.


  • Yes, there were those who lived up to the stereotype, those who talked interminably or bullied their staffs; and the more time I spent on the Senate floor, the more frequently I could identify in each senator the flaws that we all suffer from to varying degrees-a bad temper here, a deep stubbornness or unquenchable vanity there.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • My auntie, who had a very bad temper with children, told him he had no shou, no respect for ancestors or family, just like our mother.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • "I suppose I could get leg-shackled to a poor girl of bad temper and total absence of character.

    Ungrateful Governess

  • Why should Frebec's bad temper drive them away when everyone else wants them to stay? "

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • Maurice sulked openly, whilst Cherry advertized the fact that she was in a bad temper by pushing away her cup of tea with so violent a shove as to send half of it into Caroline’s lap.

    Lonesome Road


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