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SPLEEN, noun [Latin , Gr.]

1. The milt; a soft part of the viscera of animals, whose use is not well understood. The ancients supposed this to be the seat of melancholy, anger or vexation. Hence,

2. Anger; latent spite; ill humor. Thus we say, to vent ones spleen

In noble minds some dregs remain, Not yet purged off, of spleen and sour disdain.

3. A fit of anger.

4. A fit; a sudden motion. [Not used.]

5. Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections.

--Bodies changd to recent forms by spleen

6. Immoderate merriment. [Not in use.]