splenetically, adv.
/spli net"ik/, adj. Also, splenetical.
1. of the spleen; splenic.
2. irritable; peevish; spiteful.
3. Obs. affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy.
4. a splenetic person.
[1535-45; < LL spleneticus. See SPLEN-, -ETIC]
Syn. 2. vexatious, irascible, testy, fretful, touchy, petulant, choleric.

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