March 24, 2016
- disposition (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : the act or power of disposing : disposal2 : arrangement3 a : one's usual attitude or mood b : a leaning toward a particular way of thinking or acting : tendency, inclination
- How do you use it?
- "He was of a light and laughing disposition, and to him nothing in this world was serious." (Mark Twain, _A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "disposition"?"Disposition," "temperament," "character," and "personality" all mean the dominant quality or qualities that distinguish a person or group. "Disposition" implies a person's customary moods and attitude toward life, as in "She has a cheerful disposition." "Temperament" refers to a person's attitude as it affects what he or she says or does, as in "He is known for his artistic temperament." "Character" applies to a person's moral qualities, as in "They both show great strength of character." "Personality" applies to the whole collection of individual emotions and behavior that make one person different from others, as in "Each of the children has a distinct personality."