Choler Chol"er, n. [OE. coler, F. col[`e]re anger, L. cholera a bilious complaint, fr. Gr. ? cholera, fr. ?, ?, bile. See {Gall}, and cf. {Cholera}.] 1. The bile; -- formerly supposed to be the seat and cause of irascibility. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His [Richard Hooker's] complexion . . . was sanguine, with a mixture of choler; and yet his motion was slow. --I. Warton. [1913 Webster]

2. Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath. [1913 Webster]

He is rash and very sudden in choler. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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