splenetic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj splenetic very irritable "bristly exchanges between the White House and the press","he became prickly and spiteful","witty and waspish about his colleagues"
    • adj splenetic of or relating to the spleen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Splenetic A person affected with spleen.
    • a Splenetic Affected with spleen; malicious; spiteful; peevish; fretful. "Splenetic guffaw.""You humor me when I am sick;
      Why not when I am splenetic ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • splenetic Of or pertaining to the spleen; splenic.
    • splenetic Affected with spleen; ill-humored; peevish; fretful; spiteful.
    • splenetic Synonyms Sulky, Morose, etc. (see sullen), irritable, pettish, waspish, snappish, cross, crusty, testy.
    • n splenetic The spleen.
    • n splenetic A person affected with spleen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Splenetic a splenetic person
    • adjs Splenetic affected with spleen: peevish: melancholy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spleneticus,: cf. F. splénétique,. See Spleen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. splen—Gr. splēn.

Usage

In literature:

He was not successful, and in a splenetic mood he flung himself at full length upon a bank of wet grass.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Thy very Hatred, thy very Envy, those foolish lies thou tellest of me in thy splenetic humour: what is all this but an inverted Sympathy?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
What a sickly womanhood grows up in a nervous, feeble, neuralgic, splenetic female body!
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
And yet Shakespeare makes Caesar characterize himself very much as Cassius, in his splenetic temper, describes him.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
In the Greek Islands now, the use of it is known to every one; and even the lazy monks who take it, are no longer splenetic.
"Hypochondriasis" by John Hill
A splenetic letter from Gov.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
And even that which he did like was so eccentric, or rather so splenetically mad, that one felt uneasy about his sanity.
"Tales from the German" by Various
Nothing more serious than an envious scribbler's splenetic effusions had ever assailed him.
"Allan Ramsay" by William Henry Oliphant Smeaton
Goldoni was a good fellow at bottom, but splenetic, and a miserable writer.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
They ask only that the State should not, like a splenetic papa, be too cross.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
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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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