spleen

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spleen \Spleen\, verb (used with an object) To dislke. [Obs.] --Bp. Hacket.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spleen \Spleen\, noun [L. splen, Gr. ???? the milt or spleen, affection of the spleen; cf. L. lien, plihan, pl[imac]han.]

1. (Anat.) A peculiar glandlike but ductless organ found near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and connected with the vascular system; the milt. Its exact function in not known.

2. Anger; latent spite; ill humor; malice; as, to vent one's spleen.

In noble minds some dregs remain, Not yet purged off, of spleen and sour disdain. --Pope.

3. A fit of anger; choler. --Shak.

4. A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim. [Obs. or R.]

A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways. --Shak.

5. Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections.

Bodies changed to various forms by spleen. --Pope.

There is a luxury in self-dispraise: And inward self-disparagement affords To meditative spleen a grateful feast. --Wordsworth.

6. A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment. [Obs.]

Thy silly thought enforces my spleen. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

spleen

noun

1: a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses [syn: {spleen}, {lien}]

2: a feeling of resentful anger [syn: {irascibility}, {short temper}, {spleen}, {quick temper}]


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