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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for choler

anger, ire, bile

Examples from the Web for choler

Historical Examples of choler

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for choler



anger or ill humour
archaic one of the four bodily humours; yellow bileSee humour (def. 8)
obsolete biliousness

Word Origin for choler

C14: from Old French colère, from Medieval Latin cholera, from Latin: jaundice, cholera
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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

choler in Medicine



Anger; irritability.
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause anger and bad temper when present in excess.yellow bile
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