spleen
noun Etymology: Middle English splen, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French espleen, from Latin splen, from Greek splēn; akin to Latin lien spleen, Sanskrit plīhan Date: 14th century 1. a highly vascular ductless organ that is located in the left abdominal region near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and is concerned with final destruction of red blood cells, filtration and storage of blood, and production of lymphocytes 2. obsolete the seat of emotions or passions 3. archaic melancholy 4. feelings of anger or ill will often suppressed 5. obsolete a sudden impulse or whim ; caprice Synonyms: see malice

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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