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[kol-er] /ˈkɒl ər/
irascibility; anger; wrath; irritability.
Old Physiology. yellow bile.
Obsolete. biliousness.
Origin of choler
1350-1400; Middle English colera < Medieval Latin, Latin cholera < Greek choléra cholera Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for choler
Historical Examples
  • Only there is my own choler, which overwhelms me; I fret that I cannot live for a moment happy.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • I am not a patient man, and I am even indiscreet in moments of choler.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • In his sudden access of choler he forgot his colleagues altogether.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • At this the grief and choler of Alcides blazed forth dark and infuriate.

  • “What an unfounded assertion,” exclaimed that gentleman in choler.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I laugh in remembrance of his choler, and am proud of it now.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • They aunswer againe in choler: "Let him come feele my pulse."

    A Renaissance Courtesy-book Giovanni Della Casa
  • It was evident that his choler against Mackwith had risen again.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • Let melancholy rule supreme, choler preside, or blood, or phlegm.

    The Battle of the Books Jonathan Swift
  • choler is hot and dry, begotten of the hotter parts of the chylus.

    The English Novel Sidney Lanier
British Dictionary definitions for choler


anger or ill humour
(archaic) one of the four bodily humours; yellow bile See humour (sense 8)
(obsolete) biliousness
Word Origin
C14: from Old French colère, from Medieval Latin cholera, from Latin: jaundice, cholera
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Contemporary definitions for choler

constant irritation or anger; wrath

Word Origin

Greek name of a disease's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for choler

late 14c., "bile," as one of the humors, supposed to cause irascibility or temper, from Old French colere "bile, anger," from Late Latin cholera "bile" (see cholera).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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choler in Medicine

choler n.

  1. Anger; irritability.

  2. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause anger and bad temper when present in excess. Also called yellow bile.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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