From Latin ātra bīlis (“black bile”), from āter (“dark, black”), + bīlis (“bile”). Then the adjective suffix -ous (“full of”) was added.
atrabilious (comparative more atrabilious, superlative most atrabilious)
- characterized by melancholy
- Do we listen to pop music because of atrabiliousness, or are we atrabilious because we listen to pop music? (High Fidelity magazine paraphrase)
- ill-natured; malevolent
- 1946, Edmund Crispin, The Moving Toyshop, page 40:
- Fen was in an atrabilious mood.
- "You've been the devil of a time," he grumbled as Lily Christine III got under way again.