- extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition.
- causing biliousness.
Origin of choleric
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Examples from the Web for choleric
The opponents know this deep down, or at least fear it, and that is the true reason for their choleric obsession.The GOP’s Moral Failures
October 21, 2013
Habitually unable to contain his choleric temper, Kennedy cut loose when addressing his former Harvard chums in 1937.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life
November 21, 2012
He is choleric, and a little matter doth set him in a flame, so old as he is.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The general disposition was choleric, pugnacious, litigious.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
And as his temperament was choleric there were fellows who were actually afraid of him.
He was taken ashore (with choleric symptoms) and died there at the end of a week.
Choleric old gentlemen have been roused to frenzy over your misdeeds."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
- bilious or causing biliousness
Word Origin and History for choleric
mid-14c., colrik, "bilious of temperament or complexion," from Old French colerique, from Late Latin cholericus, from Greek kholerikos (see choler). Meaning "easily angered, hot-tempered" is from 1580s (from the supposed effect of excess choler); that of "pertaining to cholera" is from 1834.
- Easily angered; bad-tempered.
- Showing or expressing anger.