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[kol-er-ik, kuh-ler-ik] /ˈkɒl ər ɪk, kəˈlɛr ɪk/
extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible:
a choleric disposition.
  1. bilious.
  2. causing biliousness.
Origin of choleric
1300-50; Middle English colerik < Medieval Latin colericus bilious, Latin cholericus < Greek cholerikós. See cholera, -ic
Related forms
cholerically, cholericly, adverb
cholericness, noun
noncholeric, adjective
uncholeric, adjective
1. wrathful, testy, impatient, touchy.
1. phlegmatic, tranquil. Unabridged
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  • 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.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • He was taken ashore (with choleric symptoms) and died there at the end of a week.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • choleric old gentlemen have been roused to frenzy over your misdeeds.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • The one is amiable and submissive, the other choleric and rebellious.

    Western Characters J. L. McConnel
  • When they looked round, he was making up to them with choleric strides.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • "You say truth, Thomas," cried Astley, a red-faced and choleric young man.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for choleric


bilious or causing biliousness
Derived Forms
cholerically, cholericly, adverb
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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choleric in Medicine

choleric chol·er·ic (kŏl'ə-rĭk, kə-lěr'ĭk)

  1. Easily angered; bad-tempered.

  2. Showing or expressing anger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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