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atrabilious

or at·ra·bil·iar

[ a-truh-bil-yuhs ]
/ ˌæ trəˈbɪl yəs /
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adjective
gloomy; morose; melancholy; morbid.
irritable; bad-tempered; splenetic.
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Origin of atrabilious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM atrabilious

at·ra·bil·ious·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for atrabilious

atrabilious

atrabiliar

/ (ˌætrəˈbɪljəs) /

adjective
rare irritable

Derived forms of atrabilious

atrabiliousness, noun

Word Origin for atrabilious

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