choleric

adjective
cho·ler·ic | \ˈkä-lə-rik, kə-ˈler-ik \

Definition of choleric 

1 : easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered a perpetually choleric old grouser

2 : angry, irate a choleric outburst

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Other Words from choleric

cholerically \-ri-k(ə-)lē, -i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of choleric in a Sentence

watch out for the choleric librarian at the reference desk I absolutely get choleric when a telemarketer calls during the dinner hour.

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Their emotionalism is in direct contrast with Barsoumian’s hurtling Hotspur, who hammers his lines for choleric emphasis. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 The topic is Hippocrates’ psychological prototypes — melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric — based on ancient beliefs in four corresponding humors: black bile, blood, phlegm and yellow bile. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Joffrey’s intense, anything-but-safe ‘Modern Masters’ shows how American ballet got here," 8 Feb. 2018 After Mickey, the most famous character was, of course, that choleric, put-upon, slap-stuck Donald Duck, easily the most ridiculously funny fellow ever put on film. Lily Rothman, Time, "'Molding Myths and Spinning Fantasies': Read Walt Disney's Obituary From 1966," 15 Dec. 2017 McClure's choleric Nick and Grisetti's sensitive-poet Nigel balance each other nicely. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Nothing succeeds like excess in the Shakes-spoof 'Something Rotten!'," 13 July 2017 That’s largely owing to Bobby Moreno’s swaggering, choleric performance as the toothy Rex. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Alligator’ Wallows in a Lurid Florida Pit of Sex and Murder," 7 Dec. 2016 If thou art choleric, please cover thy face with a cloth to save thy neighbor from the illness that Satan hath visited upon ye for thy digressions from God’s path. Kira Garcia, The New Yorker, "Puritan Yoga," 22 Mar. 2017 Padma has lost many traces of her earlier bubbly spirit, and Tom Colicchio has become choleric, at least to me. John Mariani, Esquire, "Top Chef," 8 Dec. 2011

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First Known Use of choleric

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choleric

see cholera

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choleric

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of choleric

: made angry easily

choleric

adjective
cho·ler·ic | \ˈkäl-ə-rik, kə-ˈler-ik \

Medical Definition of choleric 

: easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered

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