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Phlegmatic

[fleg-MAD-ik]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, 14th century

1.

Having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.

Examples of Phlegmatic in a sentence

"Patrick’s phlegmatic temperament means he doesn’t anger easily."

"Some people mask their emotions with a phlegmatic exterior."

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About Phlegmatic

This word originates from the Old French “fleumatique,” which derives from the Greek “phlegmatikos,” meaning “inflammation.”

Did you Know?

The phrase “stiff upper lip” is British, but the phlegmatic philosophy is actually rooted in Ancient Greece. The Spartans developed a strict culture of discipline that sparked inspiration for the English public school system.

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