The opponents know this deep down, or at least fear it, and that is the true reason for their choleric obsession.
Habitually unable to contain his choleric temper, Kennedy cut loose when addressing his former Harvard chums in 1937.
mid-14c., colrik, "bilious of temperament or complexion," from Old French colerique, from Late Latin cholericus, from Greek kholerikos (see choler). Meaning "easily angered, hot-tempered" is from 1580s (from the supposed effect of excess choler); that of "pertaining to cholera" is from 1834.
choleric chol·er·ic (kŏl'ə-rĭk, kə-lěr'ĭk)
Easily angered; bad-tempered.
Showing or expressing anger.