Choleric
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. ``Choleric speech.'' --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

{Choleric temperament}, the bilious temperament. [1913 Webster]


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  • choleric — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bad tempered or irritable …   English terms dictionary

  • 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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  • choleric — cholerically, cholericly, adv. cholericness, n. /kol euhr ik, keuh ler ik/, adj. 1. extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition. 2. Obs. a. bilious. b. causing biliousness. [1300 50; ME colerik < ML colericus bilious …   Universalium

  • choleric — chol|e|ric [ˈkɔlərık US ˈka: ] adj literary bad tempered or angry ▪ He was a choleric, ill tempered man …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • choleric — chol|er|ic [ kalərık, kə lerık ] adjective FORMAL a choleric person becomes angry very easily …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • choleric — adjective literary bad tempered or angry: an unbalanced choleric individual …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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