splenetic

adjective sple·net·ic \ spli-ˈne-tik , archaic ˈsple-nə-(ˌ)tik \

Definition of splenetic

1 archaic : given to melancholy
2 : marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite

splenetic

noun

splenetically

play \spli-ˈne-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Examples of splenetic in a Sentence

  1. the newspaper publisher's splenetic editorials often struck fear into local politicians

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In early Western physiology, a person's physical qualities and mental disposition were believed to be determined by the proportion of four bodily humors: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. The last of these was believed to be secreted by the spleen, causing feelings of disposition ranging from intense sadness (melancholia) to irascibility. This now-discredited association explains how the use of "splenetic" (deriving from the Late Latin spleneticus and the Latin splen, meaning "spleen") came to mean both "bad-tempered" and "given to melancholy" as well as "of or relating to the spleen." In later years, the "melancholy" sense fell out of use, but the sense pertaining to ill humor or malevolence remains with us today.

Origin and Etymology of splenetic

Late Latin spleneticus, from Latin splen spleen


SPLENETIC Defined for English Language Learners

splenetic

adjective

Definition of splenetic for English Language Learners

  • : very angry and annoyed



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