Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Anger; irritability.
  • n. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause anger and bad temper when present in excess; yellow bile.
  • n. Obsolete The quality and condition of being bilious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anger or irritability.
  • n. One of the four humours of ancient physiology, also known as yellow bile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bile; -- formerly supposed to be the seat and cause of irascibility.
  • n. Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bile.
  • n. Hence Anger; wrath; irascibility.
  • n. Synonyms Anger, Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an irritable petulant feeling
  • n. a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
  • n. a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the liver and to cause irritability and anger

Etymologies

Middle English colre, from Old French, from Latin cholera, cholera, jaundice, from Greek kholera, from kholē, bile; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From English colre, from Old French colre, from Latin cholera, "jaundice", from Ancient Greek kholera, from khol, "bile" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There likewise were plums and cherries and grapes, that the sick of all diseases assain and do away giddiness and yellow choler from the brain; and figs the branches between, varicoloured red and green, amazing sight and sense, even as saith the poet,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Too much choler is a bad thing, it will eat out your insides.

    Choler « So Many Books

  • Senes plerunque delirasse in senecta, that old men familiarly dote, ob atram bilem, for black choler, which is then superabundant in them: and Rhasis, that Arabian physician, in his Cont. lib.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • My speech to the King and my choler were the topic of the day, and I was blamed for having spoken so loudly and in such terms.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • These extravagancies set all the company in a laughter; at which the Bonza was so enraged, that he flew out into greater passion, till the king commanded his brother to impose silence on him; after which, he caused his seat to be taken from under him, and commanded him to withdraw, telling him, by way of raillery, “That his choler was a convincing proof of a Bonza's holiness;” and then seriously adding,

    The Works of John Dryden

  • As all intellectual phenomena by Gregory Bodenhamer Nollijy University have by experimentalists been reduced to Anger (also called choler) is an emotional sensation, so all emotion has been and is state that may range from minor irritation to regarded as reducible to simple mental intense rage.

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  • These extravagancies set all the company in a laughter; at which the Bonza was so enraged, that he flew out into greater passion, till the king commanded his brother to impose silence on him; after which, he caused his seat to be taken from under him, and commanded him to withdraw, telling him, by way of raillery, "That his choler was a convincing proof of a Bonza's holiness;" and then seriously adding, "That a man of his character had more commerce with hell than heaven."

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  • His son Alexander had followed his example, but it was current among the English that he had died of "choler," on being detected in a plot against them, and his successor, Philip, was a man of more than common pride, fierceness, cunning, and ability.

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  • The "great silence" was significant of the embarrassment in which they were placed, and their awe of the "choler" of the Governor.

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  • I felt quite amused at his unwarranted choler, and while he stumped indignantly up and down I fell to dwelling upon the romance of the fog.

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