Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Affected with melancholy, which the ancients attributed to black bile; atrabilious.
  • noun A person of an atrabiliar temperament; a hypochondriac. Disraeli.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person much given to melancholy; a hypochondriac.
  • adjective Affected with melancholy; atrabilious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characterized by melancholy or glum; atrabilarious; atrabilious.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ātra bīlis ("black bile").

Examples

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  • He stopped, he directed upon her his atrabilarian eyes, biting his umbrella handle; he was extremely nervous.

    - Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not...

    March 9, 2008

  • From Webster's, "A person much given to melancholy; a hypochondriac. --I. Disraeli."

    March 10, 2008

  • A collector of atras.

    December 31, 2008