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choleric

[kol-er-ik, kuh-ler-ik] /ˈkɒl ər ɪk, kəˈlɛr ɪk/
adjective
1.
extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible:
a choleric disposition.
2.
Obsolete.
  1. bilious.
  2. causing biliousness.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English colerik < Medieval Latin colericus bilious, Latin cholericus < Greek cholerikós. See cholera, -ic
Related forms
cholerically, cholericly, adverb
cholericness, noun
noncholeric, adjective
uncholeric, adjective
Synonyms
1. wrathful, testy, impatient, touchy.
Antonyms
1. phlegmatic, tranquil.
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British Dictionary definitions for un choleric

choleric

/ˈkɒlərɪk/
adjective
1.
bad-tempered
2.
bilious or causing biliousness
Derived Forms
cholerically, cholericly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un choleric

choleric

adj.

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.

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un choleric in Medicine

choleric chol·er·ic (kŏl'ə-rĭk, kə-lěr'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Easily angered; bad-tempered.

  2. Showing or expressing anger.

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