splenetic

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The adjective form of spleen, borrowed from Late Latin spleneticus, from Latin splen. Anger was traditionally believed to originate from the fluids of the spleen.

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splenetic (comparative more splenetic, superlative most splenetic)

  1. Bad-tempered, irritable, peevish, spiteful, habitually angry.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:angry, Thesaurus:irritable
    • 1678, Samuel Butler, Hudibras:
      A sect, whose chief devotion lies / In odd perverse antipathies; / [] / More peevish, cross, and splenetick, / Than dog distract, or monkey sick.
    • 1876, George Eliot, Daniel Deronda:
      In fact, Gwendolen, not intending it, but intending the contrary, had offended her hostess, who, though not a splenetic or vindictive woman, had her susceptibilities.
    • 1989, Greil Marcus, “The Attack on Charlie Chaplin”, in Lipstick Traces, Faber & Faber, published 2009:
      In 1979 he published Contre le cinéma situationniste, néo-nazi (Against Neo-Nazi Situationist Cinema), a pamphlet on Hurlements and Debord's later films so splenetic that Isou was unable to bring himself to mention Debord by name; []
  2. (biology) Related to the spleen.
    • 1879, Sir Samuel White Baker, Cyprus, as I Saw it in 1879
      I have already described the general protuberance of the abdomen among the children throughout the Messaria and the Carpas districts, all of whom are more or less affected by splenetic diseases.

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splenetic (plural splenetics)

  1. (archaic) A person affected with spleen.