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 (splĭ-nĕt′ĭk) also sple·net·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of or relating to the spleen.
2. Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.
A person regarded as irritable.

[Late Latin splēnēticus, from Latin splēn, spleen; see spleen.]

sple·net′i·cal·ly adv.
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(splɪˈnɛtɪk) or


1. (Anatomy) of or relating to the spleen
2. spiteful or irritable; peevish
3. (Medicine) obsolete full of melancholy
a spiteful or irritable person
[C16: from Late Latin splēnēticus, from Latin splēn spleen]
spleˈnetically adv
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(splɪˈnɛt ɪk)

adj. Also, sple•net′i•cal.
1. of the spleen; splenic.
2. irritable; peevish; spiteful.
3. Obs. affected with or tending to produce melancholy.
4. a splenetic person.
[1535–45; < Late Latin splēnēticus. See splen-, -etic]
sple•net′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.splenetic - of or relating to the spleen
2.splenetic - very irritable; "bristly exchanges between the White House and the press"; "he became prickly and spiteful"; "witty and waspish about his colleagues"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
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adjective (Literary) irritable, cross, bad-tempered, acid, sour, crabbed, sullen, touchy, petulant, spiteful, bitchy (informal), churlish, morose, irascible, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, chippy (informal), fretful, rancorous, peevish, crabby, choleric, envenomed retired military men with splenetic opinions
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[splɪˈnetɪk] ADJ
1. (Anat) → esplénico
2. (frm) (= short-tempered) → enojadizo, de genio vivo; (= bad-tempered) → malhumorado
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(Anat) → Milz-; splenetic cellMilzzelle f
(liter: = peevish) → unwirsch; his splenetic outburstsseine Galligkeit
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To write within such severe rules as these is as impossible as to live up to some splenetic opinions: and if we judge according to the sentiments of some critics, and of some Christians, no author will be saved in this world, and no man in the next.
The fact is, as we have since been informed by one of the parties, it was a mischievous pleasure with some of the partners and clerks, who were young men, to play upon the suspicious temper and splenetic humors of the captain.
Notwithstanding all that has been said and sung to the contrary, there is no well-established case of morning having either deferred or hastened its approach by the term of an hour or so for the mere gratification of a splenetic feeling against some unoffending lover: the sun having, in the discharge of his public duty, as the books of precedent report, invariably risen according to the almanacs, and without suffering himself to be swayed by any private considerations.
It was a perfect embodiment of the still small voice, free from all cold, hoarseness, huskiness, or unhealthiness of any kind; foot- passengers slackened their pace, and were disposed to linger near it; neighbours who had got up splenetic that morning, felt good- humour stealing on them as they heard it, and by degrees became quite sprightly; mothers danced their babies to its ringing; still the same magical tink, tink, tink, came gaily from the workshop of the Golden Key.
It was one of the worthy woman's specialities that she had an amazing power of gratifying her splenetic or wordly-minded humours by extolling her own family: which she thus proceeded, in the present case, to do.
To make a vaunt of being poor was another of the incidents of his splenetic state, though this may have had the design in it of showing that he ought to be rich; just as he would publicly laud and decry the Barnacles, lest it should be forgotten that he belonged to the family.
We thought this very characteristic of his eccentric gentleness and of the difference between him and those petulant people who make the weather and the winds (particularly that unlucky wind which he had chosen for such a different purpose) the stalking-horses of their splenetic and gloomy humours.
Further examples of Rice's canny casting include Sophie Scanlon's spiky, splenetic Dauphin who underestimates Henry to France's detriment.
It would be asking too much for the SNP to welcome the review, but the instant reaction was splenetic denouncement as "desperate" and "meaningless", even though only a fortnight ago First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argued the UK Government had to change the way it interacted with the devolved nations.
How much does Saga pay him for his splenetic scribbling?
Tusk's comment prompted a splenetic response, dealt with calmly but pompously by Commons Speaker John Bercow.
I hear that all over the village people are enraged, angry, exasperated, indignant, choleric, exacerbated, splenetic, piqued, irascible and very united in the show, exhibition and declaration of displeasure in the treatment meted down upon our one and only Alhaji One-Touche.