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adjective Also sple·net·i·cal.
  1. of the spleen; splenic.
  2. irritable; peevish; spiteful.
  3. Obsolete. affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy.
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  1. a splenetic person.
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Origin of splenetic

From the Late Latin word splēnēticus, dating back to 1535–45. See splen-, -etic
Related formssple·net·i·cal·ly, adverbun·sple·net·ic, adjectiveun·sple·net·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Related Words for splenetic

melancholy, sullen, grouchy, testy, cranky, dour, sad, ugly, gloomy, glum, surly, mournful, snide, barbed, vindictive, malicious, catty, vicious, ornery, cruel

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • No, I was not splenetic; you see what plunges the Court has been at to set all right again.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

British Dictionary definitions for splenetic


  1. of or relating to the spleen
  2. spiteful or irritable; peevish
  3. obsolete full of melancholy
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  1. a spiteful or irritable person
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Derived Formssplenetically, adverb

Word Origin for splenetic

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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