antisplenetic

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Etymology[edit]

anti- +‎ splenetic

Adjective[edit]

antisplenetic (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Good as a remedy against disease of the spleen.
  2. (historical or literary) Acting against ill humor, associated with the spleen.
    • 1975, Susan G. Auty, The comic spirit of eighteenth-century novels, page 32:
      His intentions were apparently as antisplenetic as Sterne's, though his book turned out to be more genial than mirthful, and therefore decidedly less efficacious in fighting the spleen.
    • 2002, Rick Harsch, The sleep of Aborigines, page 45:
      So you're Spleen. I heard all about the antisplenetic antics of your brother. I lost a brother once — that's what got me my lifetime's worth of probation.
    • 2011, Hugh Ormsby-Lennon, Hey Presto!: Swift and the Quacks[1], page 154:
      As David Woolley has shown, Swift engineered an advertisement for the Tub, in the Morning Post, as an antisplenetic volume.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.