Atrabilious Definition

Melancholy, morose, cross, etc.
Webster's New World
Having a peevish disposition; surly.
American Heritage

Characterized by melancholy.

Do we listen to pop music because of atrabiliousness, or are we atrabilious because we listen to pop music? (High Fidelity magazine paraphrase)

Origin of Atrabilious

  • From Latin ātra bīlis black bile (translation of Greek melankhōliā) ātra black āter- in Indo-European roots bīlis bile

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ātra bīlis (“black bile”), from āter (“dark, black”), + bīlis (“bile”). Then the adjective suffix -ous (“full of”) was added.

    From Wiktionary

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