Word of the Day Archive
Sunday December 19, 1999
choler \KOLL-ur; KOLE-ur\ , noun:
Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath.
And at last he seems to have found his proper subject: one that genuinely engages his intellect, truly arouses his characteristic choler and fills him with zest.
-- "Black Humor': Could Be Funnier", New York Times, January 12, 1998
I found my choler rising.
-- Samuel Richardson, A Collection of the Moral and Instructive Sentiments... in the Histories of Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison
Choler is from Latin cholera, a bilious disease, from Greek kholera, from khole, bile.