atrabilious

or at·ra·bil·iar

[ a-truh-bil-yuh s ]
/ ˌæ trəˈbɪl yəs /

adjective

gloomy; morose; melancholy; morbid.
irritable; bad-tempered; splenetic.

Origin of atrabilious

1645–55; < Latin ātra bīli(s) black bile + -ous

Related forms

at·ra·bil·ious·ness, noun
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atrabilious

atrabiliar

/ (ˌætrəˈbɪljəs) /

adjective

rare irritable

Derived Forms

atrabiliousness, noun

Word Origin for atrabilious

C17: from Latin ātra bīlis black bile, from āter black + bīlis bile 1
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