from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete form of splenitive.
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Indeed, I may say of myself, as the Immortal Bard has the melancholy Dane say, that ‘though I am not splenetive and rash, yet have I something in me dangerous which let thy wisdom fear!’
Florio's translation, p. 372: -- 'As for me, I am of a strong and well compact stature, my face is not fat, but full, my complexion betweene joviall and melancholy, indifferently sanguine and hote -- (' _not splenetive and rash_ ').
A great grief takes possession of him when he hears of the death of Ophelia: he leaps, like Laertes, into her grave; he grapples with him; he warns him that, though 'not splenetive and rash,' he (Hamlet) yet has 'something dangerous' in him.
On his arrival at the Conservatoire, Cherubini, who was splenetive and rash, refused him admission without assigning any reason for his decision, but Rudolph Kreutzer took upon his shoulders the task of forming the future artist.
Sir, though I am not splenetive and rash, Yet have I in me something dangerous.
"There was an ancient family in Yorkshire, and the lord of the house was of a very splenetive temper.
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