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  • adj. Obsolete form of splenetic.

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Examples

  • Value of their Judgment, by dashing it with some splenetick Reflections.

    Discourse on Criticism and of Poetry (1707) From Poems On Several Occasions (1707)

  • In a splenetick, sarcastical, or jocular frame, however, he would sometimes utter a pointed saying of that nature.

    Life Of Johnson

  • [854] Mr. Langton thinks this must have been the hasty expression of a splenetick moment, as he has heard Dr. Johnson speak of Mr. Spence's judgment in criticism with so high a degree of respect, as to shew that this was not his settled opinion of him.

    Life of Johnson

  • I had not mentioned the modest Liberty I have here and there taken of animadverting on my Author, but that I was willing to obviate in time the splenetick Exaggerations of my Adversaries on this Head.

    Preface to the Works of Shakespeare (1734)

  • The eldest, whose Belly sunk in monstrously, was a great Coward; and tho 'his splenetick contracted Temper made him take fire immediately, he made Objects that beset him appear greater than they were.

    The Spectator, Volume 2.

  • † [Note: Mr Langton thinks this must have been the hasty expression of a splenetick moment as he has heard Dr Johnson speak of Mr Spence’s judgement in criticism with so high a degree of respect, as to shew that this was not his settled opinion of him.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • [Footnote: Mr Langton thinks this must have been the hasty expression of a splenetick moment as he has heard Dr

    The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

  • "As the several combinations of splenetick madness and folly produce an infinite variety of irregular understanding, so the amicable accommodation and alliance between several virtues and vices produce an equal diversity in the dispositions and manners of mankind; whence it comes to pass, that as many monstrous and absurd productions are found in the moral, as in the intellectual world.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Volume the Eighth: The Lives of the Poets, Volume II

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