- From Latin ātra bīlis ("black bile"). (Wiktionary)
“The doctor seemed of the middle age and middle stature, active and alert, with an atrabilarious aspect, and a mixture of rage and disdain expressed in his countenance.”
“England almost as poor as I had left it, and with an atrabilarious visage which took a two-months 'course of Cheltenham water to scour into anything like a decent colour.”
“I find that in this atrabilarious effusion you have treated ourselves very scurvily.”
“But Mr. Roebuck, in an atrabilarious rage, dashed into an extempore assault on his quondam brothers across the Atlantic, and proceeded, in his summary and execrating manner, to put them out of the pale of civilised humanity.”
“Regnard, the author of the last French comedy after Moliere, was atrabilarious, and Moliere himself saturnine.”
“This gentleman was naturally of an atrabilarious temperament, and much troubled with those phantoms of indigestion which are commonly called”
“French comedy after Molière, was atrabilarious, and Molière himself saturnine.”
“That was the king's secret, Master Heriot," said Sir Mungo, throwing himself into a chair with an air of atrabilarious importance; "the other was a well-meaning hint to yourself, as the girl's friend.”
“My aunt was neither rich, nor handsome, nor young; being, according to the rector's account, on the debtor side of his books, of an adust complection, atrabilarious in look and temper, thirty-four, and two years older than Mr. Elford.”
“The doctrine of another life, in presenting to mortals an ideal happiness, will render them enthusiasts; in overwhelming them with fears, it will make useless beings; generate cowards; form atrabilarious or furious men; who will lose sight of their present abode, to occupy themselves with the pictured regions of a world to come, with those dreadful evils which they must fear after their death.”
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Cribbed from a collection of unusual words employed by Thomas Love Peacock.
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