Splenetical

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Splenetical Splenetic. "Even and smooth as seemed the temperament of the nonchalant, languid Virginian -- not splenitive or rash."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • splenetical Same as splenetic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Splenetical affected with spleen: peevish: melancholy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. splen—Gr. splēn.

Usage

In literature:

It was almost impossible for two persons to assist each other in a surgical case with a more splenetic cordiality.
"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by Laurence Sterne
A schemer, no doubt, he was; but he schemed distrustfully, splenetically, to do good.
"Queen Victoria" by Lytton Strachey
The Lists, cries splenetic Abbe Montgaillard, were not complete.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Sharp and Rogers both speak of him as an unpleasant, affected, splenetic person.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
Appeals to justice were represented as the splenetic effusions of a man never to be satisfied.
"The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Baron Trenck
He was a most extraordinary man, very splenetic, and very difficult to deal with.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
His companion asked for a description of the young lady, and he gave one remarkable for splenetic exaggeration.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
No hesitating, morbid view of life, but rank, harsh assertiveness, not untinged with splenetic anger.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
He has no home, unless it be at the bedside of the querulous, the splenetic, the sick, and the dying.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) The Conflict With Slavery, Politics and Reform, The Inner Life and Criticism" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He has no home, unless it be at the bedside of the querulous, the splenetic, the sick, and the dying.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
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In news:

An ultrasound study demonstrated a large left upper quadrant mass in the splenetic hilar.
I know David was in a bad mood all day, but the splenetic tone of his reply to Brenda's question was not necessary.
The day of Eliot Spitzer's ignominious resignation, I reread one of the most splenetic dissents in the recent history of the Supreme Court: the jeremiad Antonin Scalia wrote in response to the Lawrence v. Texas ruling that legalized sodomy.
He just appeared, like a force of nature, sometime in early 1980s, ranting his splenetic poems on-stage with the likes of the Mekons and the Fall.
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