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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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Censorship drives poisonous ideas to the fringes, where they are readily fertilised in the darkness, and grow malignantly to burst splenetically into our body democratic.
And Samuel Taylor Coleridge rather splenetically objected in a letter to his friend William Wordsworth, "In short, what I felt in Marmion, I feel still more in The Lady of the Lake--viz.
In the larger part, Ford Davies shoves his hands in the pockets of his cardigan (I could do without him sticking out his tongue at the audience to ask, "Am I you, or are you me?") and shuffles splenetically about, pointing an accusatory finger at the balcony and effecting variations on the bemused quizzicality that he perfected some time back in "Racing Demon."