- From Latin ātra bīlis ("black bile"). (Wiktionary)
“All this political atrabiliousness did not improve Alfieri's temper; and could not have made it easier or more agreeable to live with him.”
“Mrs. Reed -- a soured, disappointed woman of forty, who still carried in her small dark eyes and thin handsome lips something of the bitterness and antagonism of the typical "Southern rights" woman; nor of her two daughters, Octavia and Augusta, whose languid atrabiliousness seemed a part of the mourning they still wore.”
“You are full of sourness, hypochondria, gall, bad humour, biliousness and atrabiliousness I am fearful of all this on our account.”
“Translator suffers a portion, however small, of his _own_ atrabiliousness, to be mixed up with the work translated: nor is it always safe for a third person to judge of the merits of the original through such a medium.”
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