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English Dictionary: Spleen by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
spleen
n
  1. a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
    Synonym(s): spleen, lien
  2. a feeling of resentful anger
    Synonym(s): irascibility, short temper, spleen, quick temper
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spleen \Spleen\, v. t.
      To dislke. [Obs.] --Bp. Hacket.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spleen \Spleen\, n. [L. splen, Gr. [?][?][?][?] the milt or
      spleen, affection of the spleen; cf. L. lien, plihan,
      pl[c6]han.]
      1. (Anat.) A peculiar glandlike but ductless organ found near
            the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and connected
            with the vascular system; the milt. Its exact function in
            not known.
  
      2. Anger; latent spite; ill humor; malice; as, to vent one's
            spleen.
  
                     In noble minds some dregs remain, Not yet purged
                     off, of spleen and sour disdain.         --Pope.
  
      3. A fit of anger; choler. --Shak.
  
      4. A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim. [Obs.
            or R.]
  
                     A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways. --Shak.
  
      5. Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections.
  
                     Bodies changed to various forms by spleen. --Pope.
  
                     There is a luxury in self-dispraise: And inward
                     self-disparagement affords To meditative spleen a
                     grateful feast.                                 --Wordsworth.
  
      6. A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment. [Obs.]
  
                     Thy silly thought enforces my spleen. --Shak.
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