splenetic

[ spli-net-ik ]
/ splɪˈnɛt ɪk /

adjective Also sple·net·i·cal.

of the spleen; splenic.
irritable; peevish; spiteful.
Obsolete. affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy.

noun

a splenetic person.

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Origin of splenetic

From the Late Latin word splēnēticus, dating back to 1535–45. See splen-, -etic

OTHER WORDS FROM splenetic

sple·net·i·cal·ly, adverbun·sple·net·ic, adjectiveun·sple·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for splenetic

splenetic
/ (splɪˈnɛtɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the spleen
spiteful or irritable; peevish
obsolete full of melancholy

noun

a spiteful or irritable person

Derived forms of splenetic

splenetically, adverb

Word Origin for splenetic

C16: from Late Latin splēnēticus, from Latin splēn spleen
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