So, I came across this beautiful word a couple of days ago. I think it sounds quite pretentious when said out loud, but when written it looks quite elegant. Can you get away with using it in everyday conversation? So, try it out, go play! I’ve already used it myself here
1. Affected by black bile.
2. Inclined to melancholy.
3. Having a peevish disposition; surly, Irritable.
Mid 17th century
Literally – Affected by black bile (One of the four cardinal humours of the body, which is believed to cause melancholy). From Latin Atra Bilis (black bile), translation of Greek melankholia ‘melancholy’. (Google.com)
“And being now grown violent in his temper through the atrabilious tendency which increased upon him in his old age, he urged the Ephors and persuaded them to place a garrison in Thebes, and taking the commander’s place, he marched forth with a body of troops.” – Lysander by Plutarch
“Cold weather. Dyspeptic and atrabilious. Busy day, nevertheless.” – Journal of George Templeton Strong, 1864.