Spleen
Spleen Spleen, n. [L. splen, Gr. ???? the milt or spleen, affection of the spleen; cf. L. lien, plihan, pl[=i]han.] 1. (Anat.) A peculiar glandlike but ductless organ found near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and connected with the vascular system; the milt. Its exact function in not known. [1913 Webster]

2. Anger; latent spite; ill humor; malice; as, to vent one's spleen. [1913 Webster]

In noble minds some dregs remain, Not yet purged off, of spleen and sour disdain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. A fit of anger; choler. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster]

A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections. [1913 Webster]

Bodies changed to various forms by spleen. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

There is a luxury in self-dispraise: And inward self-disparagement affords To meditative spleen a grateful feast. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

6. A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thy silly thought enforces my spleen. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • spleen — [ splin ] n. m. • 1737; mot angl. « mélancolie », proprt « rate » (siège des humeurs noires); lat. d o. gr. splen ♦ Littér. Mélancolie sans cause apparente, caractérisée par le dégoût de toute chose. ⇒ cafard, ennui, hypocondrie, neurasthénie. «… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • spleen — /splin/ s.n. Plictiseală, dezgust faţă de orice. (< engl., fr. spleen) Trimis de schmidt, 23.09.2005. Sursa: MDN  SPLEEN s.n. v. splin. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  SPLEEN [SPLIN] s …   Dicționar Român

  • Spleen — Sm Marotte erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. spleen Gemütsverstimmung, Mißlaune , eigentlich Milz , dieses aus l. splēn Milz , aus gr. splḗn. Im Englischen so bezeichnet, da man Erkrankungen der Milz für bestimmte …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • spleen — spleen; spleen·ful; spleen·ic; spleen·less; …   English syllables

  • Spleen — Spleen, die schwarze Krankheit der Engländer, eine Tochter der Hypochondrie, die aus denselben Ursachen entsteht, dieselben Beschwerden zeigt, wie Störungen der Functionen des Nervensystems, Kopfschmerz, Gluth im Kopfe, Hitze und Schmerzen in den …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • spleen — [ splin ] noun 1. ) count the organ in your body that helps control your blood supply 2. ) uncount FORMAL anger: vent your spleen (=express your anger): visitors ready to vent their spleen at poor airline connections …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spleen — [splēn] n. [ME splen < OFr esplen < L splen < Gr splēn, spleen < IE * sp(h)elĝh > Sans plīhan, OSlav slězena, spleen] 1. a large, vascular, lymphatic organ in the upper left part of the abdominal cavity of vertebrates, near the… …   English World dictionary

  • Spleen — Spleen, v. t. To dislke. [Obs.] Bp. Hacket. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spleen — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS lett. stato d animo di profonda malinconia, insoddisfazione e noia tipico spec. del decadentismo francese e inglese {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1766. ETIMO: ingl. spleen propr. milza , dal lat. splen milza , con… …   Dizionario italiano

  • Spleen — [ʃpliːn, sp ] der; s, s; eine seltsame Angewohnheit, Idee o.Ä. ≈ Marotte, Schrulle: Der hat einen Spleen! || hierzu splee·nig Adj …   Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache

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