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The master of the school, observing that I was gloomy, disliked by my comrades, and always alone, confirmed the family verdict as to my sulky temper.
En me voyant toujours assombri, haï, solitaire, le maître confirma les soupçons erronés que ma famille avait de ma mauvaise nature.
Balzac, Honore de / The Lily of the ValleyBalzac, Honore de / Le Lys dans la vallee
Le Lys dans la vallee
Balzac, Honore de
The Lily of the Valley
Balzac, Honore de
'There you are again, losing your temper!
C'est encore vous qui vous fâchez!
Zola, Emile / Abbe Mouret's TransgressionZola, Emile / La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret
La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret
Zola, Emile
Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Zola, Emile
© BiblioBazaar, LLC
I did the best thing I could have done, for what with anxiety and disgust I lost my temper.
Alors, je fis ce que j’avais de mieux à faire. Partagé entre l’inquiétude et le dégoût, je me fâchai pour de bon.
Buchan, John / GreenmantleBuchan, John / Le prophète au manteau vert
Le prophète au manteau vert
Buchan, John
Greenmantle
Buchan, John
© Wordsworth Editions Limited 1994
Guileless, innocent, and without distrust, equally by nature and from her mode of life, providence had, nevertheless shielded her from harm, by a halo of moral light, as it is said 'to temper the wind to the shorn lamb.'
La nature et sa manière de vivre avaient fait d’elle une créature innocente, sans détours et sans méfiance, et la Providence l’avait entourée dune auréole de lumière morale, pour écarter d’elle jusqu’à l’apparence du mal.
Cooper, James Fenimore / The DeerslayerCooper, James Fenimore / Le tueur de daims
Le tueur de daims
Cooper, James Fenimore
The Deerslayer
Cooper, James Fenimore
© Wordsworth Editions Limited 1995
Hunger and thirst are urgent instincts which formidably excite the temper of my companions.
La faim et la soif sont des instincts intenses qui agissent puissamment sur l’esprit de mes compagnons.
Barbusse, Henri / Under fireBarbusse, Henri / Le feu
Le feu
Barbusse, Henri
© BELENUS, 2008
Under fire
Barbusse, Henri
© 1917 by E. P. DUTTON & CO
By degrees he became more bitter, he was tired of mocking at her; and at the end of a month he quite lost his temper.
Peu à peu, il devint plus amer, il n'eut plus le coeur à se moquer. Puis, au bout d'un mois, il se fâcha.
Zola, Emile / The Conquest of PlassansZola, Emile / La Conquete des Plassans
La Conquete des Plassans
Zola, Emile
The Conquest of Plassans
Zola, Emile
"I've seen many a desperate fight, and several of these sudden outbreaks of savage temper; but never before did I see a human soul quit the body more unexpectedly, or at a worse moment for the hopes of the dying man.
J’ai vu un grand nombre de combats acharnés et plusieurs de ces explosions soudaines d’une fureur sauvage, mais je n’avais jamais vu l’âme d’un homme quitter le corps si à l’improviste, ou dans un moment plus fâcheux pour les espérances du mourant.
Cooper, James Fenimore / The Pathfinder, or, the Inland SeaCooper, James Fenimore / Le lac Ontario
Le lac Ontario
Cooper, James Fenimore
The Pathfinder, or, the Inland Sea
Cooper, James Fenimore
© State University of New York 1981
"Will you forgive me for my bad temper tonight?" she said, taking my hand.
– Vous me pardonnez ma mauvaise humeur de ce soir? me dit-elle en me prenant la main.
Dumas fils, Alexandre / CamilleDumas fils, Alexandre / La Dame aux Camelias
La Dame aux Camelias
Dumas fils, Alexandre
Camille
Dumas fils, Alexandre
© New American Library, a division of Penguin Group
When the priest and his mother had accepted the invitation and had gone upstairs again, Mouret showed some ill-temper and began to excuse himself for having lost.
Quand ils eurent accepté et qu'ils furent remontés, Mouret bougonna, se défendit d'avoir perdu.
Zola, Emile / The Conquest of PlassansZola, Emile / La Conquete des Plassans
La Conquete des Plassans
Zola, Emile
The Conquest of Plassans
Zola, Emile
The air of the river has a demoralising effect upon one's temper, and this it is, I suppose, which causes even barge men to be sometimes rude to one another, and to use language which, no doubt, in their calmer moments they regret.
L’air du fleuve a sur le caractère un effet démoralisant. C’est là, je suppose, la cause de cette acrimonie entre bateliers, et sans doute regrettent-ils, après coup, les propos hargneux qu’ils se sont lancés les uns les autres.
Jerome, Jerome Klapka / Three Men in a BoatJerome, Jerome Klapka / Trois hommes dans le bateau
Trois hommes dans le bateau
Jerome, Jerome Klapka
Three Men in a Boat
Jerome, Jerome Klapka
What had seemed the day before the dingiest of cities now took on a strange beauty, the beauty of unexpected horizons and tongues of grey water winding below cypress-studded shores. A man's temper has a lot to do with his appreciation of scenery.
Cette ville qui, la veille, m’avait paru si sordide, se para d’une beauté étrange; la beauté d’horizons imprévus et de lagunes d’eau grise serpentant sous des rives parsemées de cyprès dépend beaucoup de l’humeur d’appréciation d’un paysage.
Buchan, John / GreenmantleBuchan, John / Le prophète au manteau vert
Le prophète au manteau vert
Buchan, John
Greenmantle
Buchan, John
© Wordsworth Editions Limited 1994
"His temper-his disposition?"
– Et son caractère, ses inclinations ?
Cooper, James Fenimore / PrecautionCooper, James Fenimore / Précaution. Le choix d'un mari
Précaution. Le choix d'un mari
Cooper, James Fenimore
Precaution
Cooper, James Fenimore
There was also the chapter of the presents which were heaped on her in order to keep her in good temper.
Et il y avait aussi le chapitre des cadeaux dont on la comblait, afin qu’elle fût toujours contente.
Zola, Emile / FruitfulnessZola, Emile / Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Zola, Emile
Fruitfulness
Zola, Emile
They beat her for a drop of spilt water, saying that bad temper must be punished; and they struck her so readily and spitefully, that it was easy to perceive the chastisement was undeserved.
Ils la battaient pour une goutte d’eau versée, disant qu’il fallait corriger les mauvais caractères ; et ils frappaient avec tant de hâte et de rancune qu’on voyait aisément que ce n’était pas là une juste correction.
Zola, Emile / Contes à NinonZola, Emile / Stories for Ninon
Stories for Ninon
Zola, Emile
Contes à Ninon
Zola, Emile
I remembered the First Sea Lord's reputation for taciturnity and shortness of temper.
Et en effet le Premier Lord de la Mer était bien connu pour sa taciturnité et son humeur peu endurante.
Buchan, John / Thirty-Nine StepsBuchan, John / Les Trente-Neuf Marches
Les Trente-Neuf Marches
Buchan, John
Thirty-Nine Steps
Buchan, John

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bad temper
mauvais caractère
tempered steel
acier trempé

Word forms

temper

noun
SingularPlural
Common casetempertempers
Possessive casetemper'stempers'

temper

verb
Basic forms
Pasttempered
Imperativetemper
Present Participle (Participle I)tempering
Past Participle (Participle II)tempered
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I temperwe temper
you temperyou temper
he/she/it tempersthey temper
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am temperingwe are tempering
you are temperingyou are tempering
he/she/it is temperingthey are tempering
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have temperedwe have tempered
you have temperedyou have tempered
he/she/it has temperedthey have tempered
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been temperingwe have been tempering
you have been temperingyou have been tempering
he/she/it has been temperingthey have been tempering
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I temperedwe tempered
you temperedyou tempered
he/she/it temperedthey tempered
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was temperingwe were tempering
you were temperingyou were tempering
he/she/it was temperingthey were tempering
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had temperedwe had tempered
you had temperedyou had tempered
he/she/it had temperedthey had tempered
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been temperingwe had been tempering
you had been temperingyou had been tempering
he/she/it had been temperingthey had been tempering
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will temperwe shall/will temper
you will temperyou will temper
he/she/it will temperthey will temper
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be temperingwe shall/will be tempering
you will be temperingyou will be tempering
he/she/it will be temperingthey will be tempering
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have temperedwe shall/will have tempered
you will have temperedyou will have tempered
he/she/it will have temperedthey will have tempered
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been temperingwe shall/will have been tempering
you will have been temperingyou will have been tempering
he/she/it will have been temperingthey will have been tempering
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would temperwe should/would temper
you would temperyou would temper
he/she/it would temperthey would temper
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be temperingwe should/would be tempering
you would be temperingyou would be tempering
he/she/it would be temperingthey would be tempering
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have temperedwe should/would have tempered
you would have temperedyou would have tempered
he/she/it would have temperedthey would have tempered
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been temperingwe should/would have been tempering
you would have been temperingyou would have been tempering
he/she/it would have been temperingthey would have been tempering
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am temperedwe are tempered
you are temperedyou are tempered
he/she/it is temperedthey are tempered
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being temperedwe are being tempered
you are being temperedyou are being tempered
he/she/it is being temperedthey are being tempered
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been temperedwe have been tempered
you have been temperedyou have been tempered
he/she/it has been temperedthey have been tempered
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was temperedwe were tempered
you were temperedyou were tempered
he/she/it was temperedthey were tempered
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being temperedwe were being tempered
you were being temperedyou were being tempered
he/she/it was being temperedthey were being tempered
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been temperedwe had been tempered
you had been temperedyou had been tempered
he/she/it had been temperedthey had been tempered
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be temperedwe shall/will be tempered
you will be temperedyou will be tempered
he/she/it will be temperedthey will be tempered
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been temperedwe shall/will have been tempered
you will have been temperedyou will have been tempered
he/she/it will have been temperedthey will have been tempered