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splenetic

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EtymologyEdit

The adjective form of spleen, from Late Latin spleneticus. 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
    • 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.
  2. (biology) relating 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.