splenetic

  • 1 Splenetic — Splen e*tic, a. [L. spleneticus: cf. F. spl[ e]n[ e]tique. See {Spleen}.] Affected with spleen; malicious; spiteful; peevish; fretful. Splenetic guffaw. G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] You humor me when I am sick; Why not when I am splenetic? Pope.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Splenetic — Splen e*tic, n. A person affected with spleen. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 splenetic — index bitter (reproachful), fractious, froward, perverse, petulant, querulous, resentful, restive …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 splenetic — 1540s, “pertaining to the spleen,” from L.L. spleneticus, from splen (see SPLEEN (Cf. spleen)). Meaning “irritably morose” is from 1590s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 splenetic — *irascible, choleric, testy, touchy, cranky, cross Analogous words: morose, *sullen, glum, gloomy: *irritable, querulous, peevish, snappish: captious, carping, caviling (see CRITICAL) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 splenetic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bad tempered or spiteful. ORIGIN Latin spleneticus, from Greek spl n spleen …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 splenetic — [spli net′ik] adj. [LL spleneticus] 1. of the spleen; splenic 2. bad tempered, irritable, peevish, spiteful, etc.; spleenful 3. Obs. melancholy: Also splenetical n. a spleenful person SYN. IRRITABLE splenetically adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 splenetic — [[t]splɪne̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as splenetic, you mean that they easily become very angry about things. [FORMAL] ...retired military men with splenetic opinions. Syn: peevish …

    English dictionary

  • 9 splenetic — adjective Etymology: Late Latin spleneticus, from Latin splen spleen Date: 1697 1. archaic given to melancholy 2. marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite • splenetic noun • splenetically adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 splenetic — splenetically, adv. /spli net ik/, adj. Also, splenetical. 1. of the spleen; splenic. 2. irritable; peevish; spiteful. 3. Obs. affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy. n. 4. a splenetic person. [1535 45; < LL spleneticus …

    Universalium

  • 11 splenetic — adjective /spləˈnɛtɪk/ a) bad tempered, irritable, peevish, spiteful, habitually angry A sect, whose chief devotion lies / In odd perverse antipathies; / ... / More peevish, cross, and splenetick, / Than dog distract, or monkey sick. b) relating… …

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  • 12 splenetic — sple•net•ic [[t]splɪˈnɛt ɪk[/t]] adj. Also, sple•net′i•cal. 1) of the spleen; splenic 2) irritable; peevish; spiteful 3) Obs. affected with or tending to produce melancholy 4) a splenetic person • Etymology: 1535–45; < LL splēnēticus. See… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 splenetic — /spləˈnɛtɪk/ (say spluh netik) adjective 1. Also, splenetical. of the spleen; splenic. 2. irritable; peevish; spiteful. 3. Obsolete melancholy. –noun 4. a splenetic person. {Late Latin splēnēticus} –splenetically, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 splenetic — adj. & n. adj. 1 ill tempered; peevish. 2 of or concerning the spleen. n. a splenetic person. Derivatives: splenetically adv. Etymology: LL spleneticus (as SPLEEN) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 splenetic — 1. SYN: splenic. 2. Fretfully surly …

    Medical dictionary

  • 16 splenetic — Synonyms and related words: acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrimonious, adrenal, bearish, bitchy, bitter, blase, burning, cankered, cantankerous, caustic, choleric, churlish, crabbed, cranky, cross, cross grained,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 splenetic — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. peevish, cross, fretful; see irritable . See Synonym Study at irritable . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. irritable, grouchy, bad tempered, nasty, waspish, petulant, crabby, grumpy, peevish, sour. ANT.: good humored,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 splenetic — sple|net|ic [splıˈnetık] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: spleneticus, from Latin splen; SPLEEN] bad tempered and often angry …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 splenetic — sple|net|ic [ splə netık ] adjective FORMAL extremely angry or annoyed …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 splenetic — sple·net·ic || splɪ netɪk adj. of the spleen; irritable, spiteful, malicious; gloomy …

    English contemporary dictionary