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  • A choleric cop blew his top.
  • Gordon was a man by nature ill-suited to be a schoolmaster: he was impatient and choleric.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.
    Sun, Tzu  --  The Art of War
  • And let a man beware, how he keepeth company with choleric and quarrelsome persons; for they will engage him into their own quarrels.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays

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  • a choleric outburst
  • men of the choleric type take to kicking and smashing
  • The choleric face which Mr. Meagles turned upon him smoothed when he saw who it was, and he put out his friendly hand.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • ourselves are choleric
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • He had, in fact, been a favorite steed of his master’s, the choleric Van Ripper, who was a furious rider, and had infused, very probably, some of his own spirit into the animal; for, old and broken-down as he looked, there was more of the lurking devil in him than in any young filly in the country.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • you were so choleric
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors

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  • That in the captain’s but a choleric word
    Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Choleric.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Now she pecked him lightly on the cheek, and holding his outstretched hands by her fingertips, stared at him appraisingly as the beet-hued, choleric passion he had vented on me began to recede from his face.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I choked on my choler.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He is an elderly man, red-faced, white-haired, and choleric.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I mean, an we be in choler we’ll draw.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • And over time he worked himself into a choler of self-righteous indignation that was impossible to keep bottled up.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • On hearing this the regimental commander hung his head, silently shrugged his shoulders, and spread out his arms with a choleric gesture.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • No, my lord; rather with choler.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Beneath his choleric exterior Gerald O’Hara had the tenderest of hearts.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A squirrel, from the lofty depths of his domestic tree, chattered either in anger or merriment—for the squirrel is such a choleric and humorous little personage, that it is hard to distinguish between his moods—so he chattered at the child, and flung down a nut upon her head.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "How did they act with regard to the Marechale d’Ancre?" cried the king, in the highest state of choler; "first her closets were thoroughly searched, and then she herself."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This Issachar was the most choleric Hebrew that had ever been seen in Israel since the Captivity in Babylon.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Sir, he is rash, and very sudden in choler, and haply with his truncheon may strike at you: provoke him, that he may; for even out of that will I cause these of Cyprus to mutiny, whose qualification shall come into no true taste again but by the displanting of Cassio.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw — yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • At this sudden and unexpected annunciation, a low, fierce yell ran through the multitude, that might not inaptly be compared to the growl of the lion, as his choler is first awakened—a fearful omen of the weight of his future anger.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Now, Mr. Bumble was a fat man, and a choleric; so, instead of responding to this open-hearted salutation in a kindred spirit, he gave the little wicket a tremendous shake, and then bestowed upon it a kick which could have emanated from no leg but a beadle’s.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Once more Blakeney turned, and from his high altitude looked down on the choleric little man before him; but not even for a second did he seem to lose his own imperturbable good-humour.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Hereupon, a choleric gentleman, who had taken the fourth place on that seat, flew into a most violent passion, and said that it was a breach of contract to mix him up with such villainous company, and that it was poisonous, and pernicious, and infamous, and shameful, and I don’t know what else.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • All this? ay, more: fret till your proud heart break; Go show your slaves how choleric you are, And make your bondmen tremble.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • OEDIPUS And who could stay his choler when he heard How insolently thou dost flout the State?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • There was no vulgar bullying, no bravado of any sort, no choleric hectoring, and striding to and fro across the apartment, jerking out vehement commands for Bartleby to bundle himself off with his beggarly traps.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Only, in the far corner of the room, which had been netted off for Cully—loose there, unhooded and deep in moult —they could hear a faint muttering from the choleric infantry colonel.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It appeared, indeed, from the countenance of this proprietor, that he was of a frank, but hasty and choleric temper.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Kent banish’d thus! and France in choler parted!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • He was the kind of man to whom some human object for pouring out his heart upon—were it emotive or were it choleric—was almost a necessity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • From him flowed the anger and reluctance; from her other, gentler sentiments-as rich in scope as his own-that moderated his choleric passion and lent him perspectives he would not otherwise have.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • And now, being a trifle choleric in his temperament, the lieutenant-governor uplifted the heavy hilt of his sword, wherewith he so beat and banged upon the door, that, as some of the bystanders whispered, the racket might have disturbed the dead.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Stay, my lord, And let your reason with your choler question What ’tis you go about.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Another time I had made a joke about his mother, and he had ripped me for thirty-eight, fuming and choleric for the rest of the game.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • From the same it proceedeth, that men give different names, to one and the same thing, from the difference of their own passions: As they that approve a private opinion, call it Opinion; but they that mislike it, Haeresie: and yet haeresie signifies no more than private opinion; but has onely a greater tincture of choler.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It was now for more than the middle span of our allotted years that he had passed through the thousand vicissitudes of existence and, being of a wary ascendancy and self a man of rare forecast, he had enjoined his heart to repress all motions of a rising choler and, by intercepting them with the readiest precaution, foster within his breast that plenitude of sufferance which base minds jeer at, rash judgers scorn and all find tolerable and but tolerable.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Black George was, in the main, a peaceable kind of fellow, and nothing choleric nor rash; yet did he bear about him something of what the antients called the irascible, and which his wife, if she had been endowed with much wisdom, would have feared.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • What, drunk with choler? stay, and pause awhile: Here comes your uncle.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Be mistress, and your full desires obtain; But quench the choler you foment in vain.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • He seemed less choleric today, and even managed a sort of tremulous smile.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The Rev. B. B. Gordon was a man by nature ill-suited to be a schoolmaster: he was impatient and choleric.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Nay, my choler is ended.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Now Professor Hardwigg, my worthy uncle, is by no means a bad sort of man; he is, however, choleric and original.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Good Captain Peesel, be quiet; ’tis very late, i’ faith: I beseek you now, aggravate your choler.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
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