Definition of splenetic:
dyspeptic, barbed, waspish, bloody-minded, crusty, cantankerous, ill-humored, furious, acid, cross, gloomy, steaming, apoplectic, spiny, dogged, severe, gruff, snappish, churlish, study at irritable, splenic, crabbed, burry, morose, setose, prickly, burred, steamed, incandescent, ill-natured, bearish, sulky, lienal, irate, murderous, sullen, bristly, bilious, sour, acrimonious, thorny, barbellate, bristled, irritable, incensed, ornery, briery, surly, disagreeable, seething, setaceous, briary, fretful.
As already intimated, they were opposite in temperament- the former mild, mellow, fat, good- natured and of fine digestion, always seeing the bright side of anything; the other, splenetic, harsh, and when he swallowed anything was not sure whether he would be the death of it, or it would be the death of him.- "Around The Tea-Table", T. De Witt Talmage.
You will go away for three months perhaps, and you will travel in Italy; you will wrap your cloak about you like a splenetic Englishman, and you will say some beautiful morning, sitting in your inn with your glasses before you, that it is time to forget in order to live again.- "Child of a Century, v3", Alfred de Musset.
- "Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century", W. H. Davenport Adams.