cho·​ler | \ ˈkä-lər How to pronounce choler (audio) , ˈkō-\

Definition of choler

1a archaic : yellow bile
b obsolete : bile sense 1a
2 obsolete : the quality or state of being bilious
3 : ready disposition to irritation : irascibility also : anger

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Synonyms & Antonyms for choler


anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness


delight, pleasure

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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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But Trump’s Achilles-like choler is also an Achilles heel. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "The president’s uncontrollable rage powers his ruthlessness—and his ineptitude.," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of choler

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

History and Etymology for choler

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

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