- of the spleen; splenic.
- irritable; peevish; spiteful.
- Obsolete. affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy.
- a splenetic person.
Origin of splenetic
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Examples from the Web for splenetic
Which speaks of an intemperance in the splenetic parenchyma; that is to say, the spleen.The Imaginary Invalid
All this while, moreover, they were secretly composing their splenetic "Journal."Rene Mauperin
Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
It is in vain to combat the prejudice of splenetic aversion.
For those are my sentiments in that splenetic humour, which governs me at present.A Treatise of Human Nature
No, I was not splenetic; you see what plunges the Court has been at to set all right again.The Journal to Stella
- of or relating to the spleen
- spiteful or irritable; peevish
- obsolete full of melancholy
- a spiteful or irritable person
C16: from Late Latin splēnēticus, from Latin splēn spleen
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Word Origin and History for splenetic
1540s, "pertaining to the spleen," from Late Latin spleneticus, from splen (see spleen). Meaning "irritably morose" is from 1590s.
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