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splenetic Line breaks: splen|et¦ic
Pronunciation: /splɪˈnɛtɪk/

Definition of splenetic in English:


1Bad-tempered; spiteful: a splenetic rant
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  • We are further told that Finkelstein's book ‘reads like a rant, with splenetic attacks on individuals, many of them survivors, and vast generalisations about the whole of world Jewry.’
  • It's anyone's guess, then, why he leaves his instruments dormant for much of this show in favour of splenetic rants and ruthless aggression towards his increasingly miserable audience.
  • Yet Tyerman's frustration can sometimes lead to splenetic rants.
spiteful, malicious, ill-natured, hostile, acrimonious, malevolent, malignant, malign
informal bitchy
2 archaic term for splenic.
Example sentences
  • Manu's Spleen 3 offers a double manifestation of spleen: the hysteria of a splenetic biological condition and the hysteria of laughter.


sense 1.
Example sentences
  • Some of the more splenetically strident are positively screaming for someone to tell them on DPF's comments board, the identity of our next attacker.
  • He's no fan of children, never bothering to moderate his splenetically obscene manner of speaking when they're around.
  • In the scene of Jo's death, for example, it is Esther who recites the Lord's Prayer and John Jarndyce who splenetically explodes with the third-person narrator's rage.


Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a person with a diseased spleen): from late Latin spleneticus, from Greek splēn (see spleen).

Words that rhyme with splenetic

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