choleric [kol-er-ik, kuh-ler-ik] SynonymsExamplesWord Originadjective
- extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition.
- causing biliousness.
Origin of choleric 1300–50; Middle English colerik Medieval Latin colericus bilious, Latin cholericus Greek cholerikós. See cholera, -ic Related formschol·er·i·cal·ly, chol·er·ic·ly, adverbchol·er·ic·ness, nounnon·chol·er·ic, adjectiveun·chol·er·ic, adjectiveSynonyms for choleric 1. wrathful, testy, impatient, touchy.Antonyms for choleric 1. phlegmatic, tranquil. Related Words for choleric irascible, peevish, quick-tempered Examples from the Web for choleric Contemporary Examples of choleric
The opponents know this deep down, or at least fear it, and that is the true reason for their choleric obsession.
October 21, 2013
Habitually unable to contain his choleric temper, Kennedy cut loose when addressing his former Harvard chums in 1937.
November 21, 2012
Historical Examples of choleric
He is choleric, and a little matter doth set him in a flame, so old as he is.
Arthur Conan Doyle
The general disposition was choleric, pugnacious, litigious.
John Hubert Greusel
And as his temperament was choleric there were fellows who were actually afraid of him.
He was taken ashore (with choleric symptoms) and died there at the end of a week.
Choleric old gentlemen have been roused to frenzy over your misdeeds.
British Dictionary definitions for choleric choleric adjective
- bilious or causing biliousness
Derived Formscholerically or cholericly, adverb Word Origin and History for choleric adj.
mid-14c., colrik, “bilious of temperament or complexion,” from Old French colerique, from Late Latin cholericus, from Greek kholerikos (see choler). Meaning “easily angered, hot-tempered” is from 1580s (from the supposed effect of excess choler); that of “pertaining to cholera” is from 1834.
choleric in Medicine choleric [kŏl′ə-rĭk, kə-lĕr′ĭk] adj.
- Easily angered; bad-tempered.
- Showing or expressing anger.