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1    attitude, character, constitution, disposition, frame of mind, humour, mind, mood, nature, temperament, tenor, vein  
2    bad mood, bate     (Brit. slang)   fit of pique, fury, gall, paddy     (Brit. informal)   passion, rage, tantrum, wax     (informal, chiefly Brit.)  
3    anger, annoyance, heat, hot-headedness, ill humour, irascibility, irritability, irritation, passion, peevishness, petulance, resentment, surliness  
4    calm, calmness, composure, cool     (slang)   coolness, equanimity, good humour, moderation, self-control, tranquillity  
5    abate, admix, allay, assuage, calm, lessen, mitigate, moderate, mollify, palliate, restrain, soften, soft-pedal     (informal)   soothe, tone down  
6    anneal, harden, strengthen, toughen  
,       n  
3    contentment, goodwill, pleasant mood  
4    agitation, anger, bad mood, excitability, foul humour, fury, grumpiness, indignation, irascibility, irritation, pique, vexation, wrath  
5    aggravate, arouse, excite, heighten, intensify, provoke, stir  
6    soften  

ill temper     
annoyance, bad temper, crossness, curtness, impatience, irascibility, irritability, petulance, sharpness, spitefulness, tetchiness  
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  ( tempers    plural & 3rd person present)   ( tempering    present participle)   ( tempered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   If you refer to someone's temper or say that they have a temper, you mean that they become angry very easily.  
He had a temper and could be nasty..., I hope he can control his temper.     
2       n-var   Your temper is the way you are feeling at a particular time. If you are in a good temper, you feel cheerful. If you are in a bad temper, you feel angry and impatient.  
with supp, oft adj N, oft in N  
I was in a bad temper last night...     
3       verb   To temper something means to make it less extreme.  
FORMAL   For others, especially the young and foolish, the state will temper justice with mercy...      V n with n  
He had to learn to temper his enthusiasm.      V n  
4    If someone is in a temper or gets into a temper, the way that they are behaving shows that they are feeling angry and impatient.  
in/into a temper      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
She was still in a temper when Colin arrived..., When I try to explain how I feel he just flies into a temper.     
5    If you lose your temper, you become so angry that you shout at someone or show in some other way that you are no longer in control of yourself.  
lose one's temper      phrase   V inflects  
I've never seen him get cross or lose his temper...     

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to lose one's temper
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