cho·​ler ˈkä-lər How to pronounce choler (audio)
archaic : yellow bile
obsolete : bile sense 1b
obsolete : the quality or state of being bilious
: ready disposition to irritation : irascibility
also : anger

Examples of choler in a Sentence

he felt his choler rising and choked back an angry reply the boss's reputation for choler made many employees reluctant to ask questions
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Word History


Middle English coler, from Anglo-French colre, colere, from Latin cholera cholera, from Greek

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of choler was in the 14th century

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“Choler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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