Bilious temperament
Bilious Bil"ious (b[i^]l"y[u^]s), a. [L. biliosus, fr. bilis bile.] 1. Of or pertaining to the bile. [1913 Webster]

2. Disordered in respect to the bile; troubled with an excess of bile; as, a bilious patient; dependent on, or characterized by, an excess of bile; as, bilious symptoms. [1913 Webster]

3. Choleric; passionate; ill tempered. ``A bilious old nabob.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Bilious temperament}. See {Temperament}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bilious — Bil ious (b[i^]l y[u^]s), a. [L. biliosus, fr. bilis bile.] 1. Of or pertaining to the bile. [1913 Webster] 2. Disordered in respect to the bile; troubled with an excess of bile; as, a bilious patient; dependent on, or characterized by, an excess …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Temperament — Tem per*a*ment, n. [L. temperamentum a mixing in due proportion, proper measure, temperament: cf. F. temp[ e]rament. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temperament — [tem′pər ə mənt, tem′prə mənt] n. [ME < L temperamentum, proper mixing < temperare: see TEMPER] 1. Obs. the act or an instance of tempering; proportionate mixture or balance of ingredients 2. in medieval physiology, any of the four… …   English World dictionary

  • Bilious — The adjective for bile, bilious has three meanings. It means of or relating to bile. By extension, bilious means suffering from liver dysfunction (and especially excessive secretion of bile). And, further by extension, it is indicative of a… …   Medical dictionary

  • Choleric temperament — Choleric Chol er*ic, a. [L. cholericus, Gr. ?: cf. F. chol[ e]rique.] 1. Abounding with, or producing choler, or bile. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Easily irritated; irascible; inclined to anger. [1913 Webster] 3. Angry; indicating anger; excited by …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Equal temperament — Temperament Tem per*a*ment, n. [L. temperamentum a mixing in due proportion, proper measure, temperament: cf. F. temp[ e]rament. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unequal temperament — Temperament Tem per*a*ment, n. [L. temperamentum a mixing in due proportion, proper measure, temperament: cf. F. temp[ e]rament. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Internal constitution; state with respect to the relative proportion of different qualities,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disposition — 1 *disposal Analogous words: administering or administration, dispensing or dispensation (see corresponding verbs at ADMINISTER): management, direction, controlling or control, conducting or conduct (see corresponding verbs at CONDUCT):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Choleric — Chol er*ic, a. [L. cholericus, Gr. ?: cf. F. chol[ e]rique.] 1. Abounding with, or producing choler, or bile. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Easily irritated; irascible; inclined to anger. [1913 Webster] 3. Angry; indicating anger; excited by anger.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choleric — [käl′ər ik, kə ler′ik] adj. [ME colerik, having choler as the predominant humor, hence of bilious temperament < OFr colerique < L cholericus < Gr cholerikos: see CHOLERA] 1. having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature 2. Obs. of …   English World dictionary

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