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Definition showing little emotion
  • She views him as phlegmatic and dull, but I think of him as steady and unflappable.
  • Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  --  The Sirens of Titan
  • No sign of astonishment appeared on Emil's phlegmatic face.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • They seem frigid and phlegmatic to those who have been spiced with the frantic passion and violent coloring of inferior but popular writers.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • They had not got us; they might have got something better worth having; and your phlegmatic attitude suggested what.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  A Thief in the Night
  • "As I am a sinner," exclaimed Asa, usually one of the most phlegmatic of the youths, "the girl is blown away by the wind"...
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Prairie
  • He was phlegmatic, stolid to such a degree that one could not but wonder how the Revolution had any meaning to him at all.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • murmured the doctor, who had recovered all his phlegmatic coolness.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Calm and phlegmatic, with a clear eye, Mr.
    Verne, Jules  --  Around The World In Eighty Days
  • Where and how did we get the idea that the Germans are a stolid, phlegmatic race?
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • was the phlegmatic reply; and my appearance prevented further discussion.
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • a phlegmatic...and certainly undemonstrative man
  • The PLAYER is phlegmatic.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • It transported its great, lumbering bulk with more than railroad speed, and set itself phlegmatically down on whatever spot she glanced at.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Thenardier, masterful and phlegmatic, cauterized the scruple with this saying: "Jean Jacques Rousseau did even better!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But that is just how it is, sometimes, especially in cases like the present one, with the decisions of the most precise and phlegmatic people.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Bombing his own men and planes was more than even the most phlegmatic observer could stomach, and it looked like the end for him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Be enlightened!" said Athos, phlegmatically.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Ed, who for a cowboy was somewhat phlegmatic, calmly made ready for another attempt.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars

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