meaning of atrabilious

atrabilious meaning in General Dictionary

Melancholic or hypochondriac atrabiliary

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  • cranky as if experiencing indigestion
  • Melancholic or hypochondriac; atrabiliary.

atrabilious meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from Latin atra bilis, translating Greek melankholia "black bile" (see melancholy; additionally compare bile). Atra is fem. of ater "black, dark, depressing," possibly pertaining to cause of atrocity. Related: Atrabiliousness.


atrabilious meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Melancholic or hypochondriac; atrabiliary.