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Definition of "atrabilious" [at•ra•bil•ious]

  • Inclined to melancholy. (adjective)
  • Having a peevish disposition; surly. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "atrabilious" in a sentence
  • "I suggest "atrabilious", from the Latin for black bile, thought by the ancients to be one of the body's four "humours"."
  • "No doubt the usual cavalcade of atrabilious right-wing commentators will work overtime to try and distort Obama's remarks."
  • "But despite the gloomy nonsense of certain atrabilious dreamers, the wonderful era of the Greeks was that of the reign of the courtesans."
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