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  • 1Bad-tempered; spiteful.

    ‘a splenetic outburst’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rarely have I read a more bitter, laudably splenetic piece of invective.’
    • ‘So if there are any splenetic motorists or bilious cyclists out there thinking of penning an angry letter to the Evening Press, listen up.’
    • ‘That means his memorable classic blogbile rant against Qantas is again available for readers who prize splenetic blogging.’
    • ‘You couldn't mention one to the other without splenetic vitriol pouring out.’
    • ‘My previous splenetic post about my own debt was an attempt to encourage a little criticality about the social function of the MFA for graphic designers in the first place.’
    • ‘Vander, a pompous, splenetic academic, is an elderly Belgian émigré to a California town bearing the Nabokovian name of Arcady.’
    • ‘It's a classic of the splenetic blogging genre.’
    • ‘It's therefore tempting to conclude that Harley must have used up of all his remaining creativity and originality on this one magnificently splenetic piece of pop genius.’
    • ‘You'll be splenetic and over-heated and I'll be jocular and whimsical.’
    • ‘It's bracing to hear Hodgson in full splenetic flow.’
    • ‘Will the splenetic attack ads be replaced by straightforward pipebombing campaigns?’
    • ‘Given his mental-health problems, the loss of his girlfriend and his battle with alcoholism, it would seem he has had more than his fill of heartache; consequently The Kiss of Morning is a splenetic, purgative record.’
    • ‘It's almost enough to warrant a splenetic, Burchill-esque diatribe against contemporary gay social mores - full of sweeping generalisations and gleeful scatter-shot vitriol.’
    • ‘His lyrics are honest, unsparing, splenetic yet gruffly humorous.’
    • ‘And so the splenetic young rebel became a middle-aged man with studious specs and a shock of silver hair.’
    • ‘He is at his splenetic best when rubbishing Auden's poetry, a subject he joyously returns to again and again.’
    • ‘Its splenetic and arrogant final edition on Thursday also appeared as childish anger from staff.’
    bad-tempered, ill-tempered, ill-humoured, angry, wrathful, cross, peevish, petulant, pettish, irritable, irascible, cantankerous, choleric, dyspeptic, testy, tetchy, snappish, waspish, crotchety, crabby, crabbed, querulous, resentful, rancorous, bilious, sour, bitter, acid, liverish
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    archaic term for splenic

    • ‘Manu's Spleen 3 offers a double manifestation of spleen: the hysteria of a splenetic biological condition and the hysteria of laughter.’



/spləˈnedik/ /spləˈnɛdɪk/


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