choleric


choleric

choleric [kol-er-ik, kuh-ler-ik] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for choleric on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition.
  2. Obsolete.
    1. bilious.
    2. 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 See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 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.

    The GOP’s Moral Failures

    Michael Tomasky

    October 21, 2013

  • Habitually unable to contain his choleric temper, Kennedy cut loose when addressing his former Harvard chums in 1937.

    “The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life

    Jacob Heilbrunn

    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.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The general disposition was choleric, pugnacious, litigious.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • And as his temperament was choleric there were fellows who were actually afraid of him.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • He was taken ashore (with choleric symptoms) and died there at the end of a week.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • Choleric old gentlemen have been roused to frenzy over your misdeeds.

    “Wee Tim’rous Beasties”

    Douglas English

  • British Dictionary definitions for choleric choleric adjective

    1. bad-tempered
    2. 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.

    1. Easily angered; bad-tempered.
    2. Showing or expressing anger.

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