- bad-tempered, spiteful, habitually angry
Etymology: The adjective form of spleen. Anger was traditionally believed to originate from the fluids of the spleen.
- 1678, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
- :A sect, whose chief devotion lies / In odd perverse antipathies; / ... / More peevish, cross, and splenetick, / Than dog distract, or monkey sick.
- 1876, George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
- :In fact, Gwendolen, not intending it, but intending the contrary, had offended her hostess, who, though not a or vindictive woman, had her susceptibilities.
- (biology) relating to the spleen
- 1879, Sir Samuel White Baker, Cyprus, as I Saw it in 1879
- :I have already described the general protuberance of the abdomen among the children throughout the Messaria and the Carpas districts, all of whom are more or less affected by diseases.
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