choleric

Are you easy to tick off? Known to have a short fuse? Then, you could be described as choleric. Don't worry; it's not a disease related to cholera. Choleric just means you're testy and irritable.

Before the advent of modern medicine, most folks believed that health and disease were the result of the balance of "humors" in the body. If you were quick to anger, you were thought to have too much choler in your system. You were called choleric. W. C. Fields, Richard Nixon, and Ebenezer Scrooge are just a few people famous for being choleric, easy to tick off.

Definitions of choleric
  1. adjective
    characterized by anger
    “a choleric outburst”
    synonyms: irascible
    angry
    feeling or showing anger
  2. adjective
    quickly aroused to anger
    synonyms: hot-tempered, hotheaded, irascible, quick-tempered, short-tempered
    ill-natured
    having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
  3. adjective
    easily moved to anger
    “"men of the choleric type take to kicking and smashing"- H.G.Wells”
    Synonyms:
    passionate
    having or expressing strong emotions
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