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Sunday, December 19, 1999

choler

\KOLL-ur; KOLE-ur\ , noun;
1.
Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Choler is from Latin cholera, a bilious disease, from Greek kholera, from khole, bile.
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