Politics 2016: Temperament–Online Searches for Definition Skyrocket

Online searches for the definition jumped Monday night after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton criticized one another for over-using the word.

Online searches for the definition of “temperament” skyrocketed Monday night, according to Merriam-Webster. 

After the first presidential debate of the general election, the dictionary said viewers were looking up the word 78 times more than its hourly average, notably because of a comment made by Donald Trump during the telecast.

“I have much better judgment than she does. There’s no question about that,” he said. “I also have much better temperament than she does.”

He continued, “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not know how to win.”

Clinton later fired back, saying that he has “bad judgment. That is not the right temperament to be commander-in-chief.”

According to Merriam-Webster, people came to the website to search for the term because of its “many meanings,” but were likely confused about which sense of the word the candidates meant.

Temperament is defined as: “The usual attitude, mood, or behavior of a person or animal.”