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phlegmatic

 [fleg-mat´ik]
of dull and sluggish temperament.

phleg·mat·ic

(fleg-mat'ik),
Relating to the heavy one of the four ancient Greek humors (see phlegm), and therefore calm, apathetic, unexcitable.
[G. phlegmatikos, relating to phlegm]

phleg·mat·ic

(fleg-mat'ik)
A term derived from the Greek theory of temperaments or humors; phlegm is the heaviest, so this temperaments is therefore calm, apathetic, unexcitable.
[G. phlegmatikos, relating to phlegm]
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The beacon on the jetty has blown out, so the two phlegmatically intrepid coastguards are figured only against the white lash of the surf.
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What are we doing killing people in Pennsylvania?'" Stuart responds phlegmatically that the Confederates are simply "` [s]howing them that we can, Captain Howard!'" In contrast to Faulkner's Stuart, engaged in chivalric derring-do for "sheer fun," Hannah's Stuart is an exponent of total war.
"Yes," replied Livingstone, phlegmatically. They were both British.
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Last week, we made it a point to watch Disney's new animated feature, 'Moana,' in support of its continuing efforts to present young viewers with female lead characters who are strong and proactive, instead of the traditional prettily, prissily and phlegmatically 'princess' types of yore.