phlegmatic


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phleg·mat·ic

 (flĕg-măt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Of or relating to phlegm; phlegmy.
2.
a. Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional or apathetic.
b. Archaic Having phlegm as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology.

[Middle English fleumatik, from Old French fleumatique, from Late Latin phlegmaticus, full of phlegm, from Greek phlegmatikos, from phlegma, phlegmat-, heat, the humor phlegm, from phlegein, to burn; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

phleg·mat′i·cal·ly adv.

phlegmatic

(flɛɡˈmætɪk) or

phlegmatical

adj
1. having a stolid or unemotional disposition
2. not easily excited
phlegˈmatically adv
phlegˈmaticalness, phlegˈmaticness n

phleg•mat•ic

(flɛgˈmæt ɪk)

also phleg•mat′i•cal,



adj.
1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; having a calm or apathetic temperament.
2. of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.
[1300–50; Middle English fleumatik < Middle French fleumatique < Late Latin phlegmaticus < Greek phlegmatikós pertaining to phlegm]
phleg•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.

phlegmatic

- First meant "abounding in phlegm" and now more commonly means "not easily excited; lacking enthusiasm; dull, sluggish"—supposedly the type of character one has from having an overabundance of phlegm.
See also related terms for sluggish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.phlegmatic - showing little emotion; "a phlegmatic...and certainly undemonstrative man"
unemotional - unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion

phlegmatic

phlegmatic

adjective
Translations
هادئ، غَيْر مُبالٍ
lhostejnýnetečný
flegmatiskupåvirkelig
flegmaattinen
rólyndur
flegmatický

phlegmatic

[flegˈmætɪk] ADJflemático

phlegmatic

[flɛgˈmætɪk] adjflegmatique

phlegmatic

adj (= cool)seelenruhig, stoisch; (= stolid)träge, schwerfällig, phlegmatisch

phlegmatic

[flɛgˈmætɪk] adjflemmatico/a

phlegm

(flem) noun
thick, slimy liquid brought up from the throat by coughing.
phlegmatic (flegˈmatik) adjective
calm; not easily excited. She's very phlegmatic – nothing would ever make her panic.
References in classic literature ?
Where and how did we get the idea that the Germans are a stolid, phlegmatic race?
She said "Good morning, Miss," in her usual phlegmatic and brief manner; and taking up another ring and more tape, went on with her sewing.
Barkis) to say - he being, as I observed in a former chapter, of a phlegmatic temperament, and not at all conversational - I offered him a cake as a mark of attention, which he ate at one gulp, exactly like an elephant, and which made no more impression on his big face than it would have done on an elephant's.
And so the days passed, and with the traveling and the hunting and the climbing the boy's muscles developed and his agility increased until even phlegmatic Akut marvelled at the prowess of his pupil.
Quincey Morris was phlegmatic in the way of a man who accepts all things, and accepts them in the spirit of cool bravery, with hazard of all he has at stake.
Athos recognized his comrade, and phlegmatic as he was, he burst into a laugh which was quite excused by the strange masquerade before his eyes--petticoats falling over his shoes, sleeves tucked up, and mustaches stiff with agitation.
said the Englishman with an expression of curiosity, which a close observer would have been astonished at discovering in his phlegmatic countenance.
The bargain was now commenced in earnest, offering an instructive scene of French protestations, assertions, contradictions and volubility on one side, and of cold, seemingly phlegmatic, but wily Yankee calculation, on the other.
If Gyp had had a tail he would doubtless have wagged it, but being destitute of that vehicle for his emotions, he was like many other worthy personages, destined to appear more phlegmatic than nature had made him.
I can hardly tell you what then; the conclusion to be drawn as to your character depends upon the nature of the motives which guide your conduct; if you are patient because you expect to make something eventually out of Crimsworth, notwithstanding his tyranny, or perhaps by means of it, you are what the world calls an interested and mercenary, but may be a very wise fellow; if you are patient because you think it a duty to meet insult with submission, you are an essential sap, and in no shape the man for my money; if you are patient because your nature is phlegmatic, flat, inexcitable, and that you cannot get up to the pitch of resistance, why, God made you to be crushed; and lie down by all means, and lie flat, and let Juggernaut ride well over you.
After these tender contests and her victory she would go away by herself under the remotest cow, if at milking-time, or into the sedge, or into her room, if at a leisure interval, and mourn silently, not a minute after an apparently phlegmatic negative.
They had not got us; they might have got something better worth having; and your phlegmatic attitude suggested what.