choleric (adj.) mid-14c., colrik, "bilious of temperament or complexion," from O.Fr. colerique, from L.L. cholericus, from Gk. kholerikos (see CHOLER (Cf. choler)). Meaning "easily angered, hot-tempered" is from 1580s (from the supposed effect of excess choler); that of "pertaining to cholera" is from 1834.

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  • 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 — index bilious, bitter (penetrating), critical (faultfinding), dyseptic, fractious, petulant, res …   Law dictionary

  • choleric — splenetic, testy, *irascible, touchy, cranky, cross Analogous words: *irritable, fractious, huffy, querulous, petulant, peevish: *angry, acrimonious, wrathful, wroth, indignant, mad, irate: fiery, peppery, spunky (see SPIRITED): captious, carping …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • choleric — [[t]kɒ̱lərɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED A choleric person gets angry very easily. You can also use choleric to describe a person who is very angry. [FORMAL] ...his choleric disposition... Most choleric of all were those who suspected the BBC of foul play.… …   English dictionary

  • 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

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