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phlegmatic

[fleg-mat-ik]
adjective
1.
not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
2.
self-possessed, calm, or composed.
3.
of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.
Also, phlegmatical.


Origin:
1300–50; < Late Latin phlegmaticus < Greek phlegmatikós pertaining to phlegm, equivalent to phlegmat- (stem of phlégma phlegm) + -ikos -ic; replacing Middle English fleumatik < Middle French fleumatique < Late Latin, as above

phlegmatically, adverb
phlegmaticalness, phlegmaticness, noun
unphlegmatic, adjective
unphlegmatical, adjective
unphlegmatically, adverb


1. stoical, cool, cold, uninterested, dull, torpid. 2. cool, collected, unruffled, placid, quiet.
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phlegmatic or phlegmatical (flɛɡˈmætɪk)
 
adj
1.  having a stolid or unemotional disposition
2.  not easily excited
 
phlegmatical or phlegmatical
 
adj
 
phleg'matically or phlegmatical
 
adv
 
phleg'maticalness or phlegmatical
 
n
 
phleg'maticness or phlegmatical
 
n

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phlegmatic
"cool, calm, self-possessed," and in a more pejorative sense, "cold, dull, apathetic," 1570s, from lit. sense "abounding in phlegm (as a bodily humor)" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. fleumatique, from L.L. phlegmaticus, from Gk. phlegmatikos "abounding in phlegm" (see phlegm).
"A verry flewmatike man is in the body lustles, heuy and slow." [John of Trevisa, transl. of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]
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phlegmatic phleg·mat·ic (flěg-māt'ĭk) or phleg·mat·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to phlegm.

  2. Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional.

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