Definition of choleric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkälərik/


1Bad-tempered or irritable.
Example sentences
  • Even Maureen, who generally treats her choleric partner with girlish forbearance, at one point asks: ‘Why do you always shout like that, Rolf?’
  • While Ralph was the choleric loser, Ed was the lucky buffoon.
  • The negative side came about largely through his personality which is described as ‘occasionally choleric, quarrelsome, and given to invectives.’
bad-tempered, irascible, irritable, angry, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, testy, cranky, crusty, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, peevish, cross, fractious, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, short-tempered;
snappish, short-fused, ornery
1.1 historical Influenced by or predominating in the humor called choler: a choleric disposition
More example sentences
  • ‘Adding fuel to the fire’ is Culpeper's way of saying that the herb strengthens the choleric humour associated with fever.
  • Imbalance of the humours resulted in various temperaments, thus the dominance of black bile causes melancholy; blood, sanguine temperament; phlegm, a phlegmatic temperament; or yellow bile, a choleric temperament.
  • Rather, he is choleric in temperament: he is passionate, intemperate, and prone to rashness and anger.



Example sentences
  • Beyond saying that the book is nicely produced and offers some opinions that will have some typographers nodding appreciatively but others spluttering cholerically, I am not expert enough to venture an opinion.
  • Once cholerically opposed by classical financiers, he can now, as Baron Keynes, boost his theories in the House of Lords.
  • To use the power of the majority to cholerically abase and degrade such dissenters, however mistaken they may seem to be, will ultimately be counterproductive.


Middle English (in the sense 'bilious'): from Old French cholerique, via Latin from Greek kholerikos, from kholera (see choler).

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Syllabification: chol·er·ic

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