AskDefine | Define atrabilious

Dictionary Definition

atrabilious adj : irritable as if suffering from indigestion [syn: bilious, dyspeptic, liverish]

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English

Etymology

From ater, + bilis, bile, + adjective suffix -ous, "full of".

Adjective

  1. characterized by melancholy
    Do we listen to pop music because of atrabiliousness, or are we atrabilious because we listen to pop music? (High Fidelity magazine paraphrase)
  2. ill-natured; malevolent
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