Inclined to melancholy.
Having a peevish disposition; surly.
Melancholy, morose, cross, etc.
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.