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  • adv. In a splenetic manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a splenetical manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a morose, ill-humored, or splenetic manner.


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  • Sadly, such Panglossian self-delusion is not confined merely to the Lab-liar front bench but has seeped into the self-delusory tone of much CiF comment which has reacted splenetically to having been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, the lid of which has now been firmly smacked shut.

    The 'big society' is collapsing under its inherent absurdity | Catherine Bennett

  • Words like dumb-ass hang as incongruously as a medallion on an old swingers chest but it is splenetically riveting for all that.

    Archive 2007-07-22

  • This trait infects all his work these days - God is Not Great, while occasionally splenetically entertaining, will not sway a single undecided.


  • Baleful, I suppose, was the word for what I did—incongruities, absurdities, and falsities eyed splenetically and in the English manner: Gillray, Rowlandson, et al, but more fingery in the line, more persnickety, and without the current affairs.

    Kalooki Nights

  • “Over thine,” retorted the Dwarf, more splenetically than became a philosopher or hermit, “folly exercises an unlimited empire, asleep or awake.”

    The Black Dwarf

  • ` ` Over thine, '' retorted the Dwarf, more splenetically than became a philosopher or hermit, ` ` folly exercises an unlimited empire, asleep or awake. ''

    The Black Dwarf

  • Do we not feel that there must have been in the unhappy man, besides all the recorded pettinesses and perversities which revolt us in him, a vein of something which touched men, and made women devoted to him, until he splenetically drove both men and women away from him?

    Rousseau (Volume 1 and 2)

  • The "works" of which Ben wrote so splenetically in Poet-Ape, were the works of a Playwright-Actor, who could be nobody but the actor

    Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Great Unknown

  • "I guess you'll find it so," said Elise Mokey, splenetically.

    The Other Girls

  • He was inordinately vain of his services, thinking himself, said Alonzo, splenetically, worthy to be carried in a procession like a little saint, and as he had a busy brain, but an unruly tongue, it will be seen that he possessed a remarkable faculty of making himself unpleasant.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 29: 1578, part III


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