poor stargazer (educate_sedate) wrote in 1word1day,
poor stargazer


Origin: 1535–45; < LL splénéticus.

–adjective Also, sple·net·i·cal.
of the spleen; splenic.
irritable; peevish; spiteful. Claudian's splenetic verses
affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy. (Obsolete)
Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.
vexatious, irascible, testy, fretful, touchy, petulant, choleric
a splenetic person.
A person regarded as irritable.

You humor me when I am sick; Why not when I am splenetic? --Pope

The book is Black's own splenetic contribution to the recent spate of books against God that have clogged bestseller lists. --Rick Sawyer, The Bostonist May 23, 2008

Several splenetic Clinton tirades against journalists, or hecklers, are popular online, and prompted some to question if Clinton's skills are dated.--Gulf Daily News May 2, 2008

My father was given to splenetic temper tantrums and drank prodigiously - two possible reasons for the collapse of his marriage - and the shame of my mother's abrupt departure made him worse. --Rory Knight Bruce
Tags: adjective, latin, literature, noun, s

  • Wednesday Word: Ambuscade

    Ambuscade - noun. An ambuscade is an ambush. However, it can become a verb such as ambuscaded and amubscading.

  • Tuesday word: Romp

    So sorry I forgot last week. I thought I had it scheduled to post. Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021 Romp (verb, noun) romp [romp] verb (used without…

  • Sunday Word: Spiff

    spiff [spif ] verb: (informal) spruce; make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date - usually used with up Examples: The 15-mile Gwynns…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded