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temperature

noun [U] (OF A SITUATION)    /ˈtem.prə.tʃər/ US  /-pɚ.ə.tʃɚ/
If you say that the temperature in a particular situation is rising, you mean that it is likely to become violent because people have become angry: The temperature of the discussion started to rise as each side added its own arguments.Increasing and intensifyingMoods
(Definition of temperature noun (OF A SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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