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Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Definitions for dyspeptic

  1. Of, pertaining to, or having dyspepsia (indigestion).
  2. Irritable or ill-humored, as if suffering from dyspepsia; morose; gloomy.
  3. A person suffering from dyspepsia.

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Citations for dyspeptic
Is that dyspeptic man scowling because his life tastes sour or because he didn't want his picture taken? Jake Miller, New York Times
Wild joy, gaiety, sensual pleasure, disregard of all sad or even sensible feelings reached such a pitch . . . that instances have been cited of old millionaire merchants, old usurers, old notaries who, during this interval, had forgotten to be dyspeptic and obsessed with making money. Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma (translated by Richard Howard)
Origin of dyspeptic
1685-1695
Dyspeptic is derived from Greek dys-, "difficult, bad" + pepsis, "digestion." The opposite of dyspeptic is eupeptic, "having good digestion; also, cheerful."
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