Definition of spleen in English:

spleen

noun

  • 1Anatomy
    An abdominal organ involved in the production and removal of blood cells in most vertebrates and forming part of the immune system.

    • ‘If the same experiment is done with spleens, however, each spleen grows much less than normal so that the final total mass of the spleens is equivalent to one normal spleen.’
    • ‘The lateral approach provides an excellent view of the splenic vessels, pancreas, and accessory spleens.’
    • ‘Glass particles were found in the pulmonary capillaries, livers, kidneys, spleens, and intestinal walls of animals studied.’
    • ‘They also transplanted hepatocytes into patients' spleens to act as a short-term auxiliary liver.’
    • ‘These lesions have been reported in the brain, 3 lymph nodes, 4 spleens, 5 lungs, 6 and several other sites.’
  • 2mass noun Bad temper; spite.

    ‘he could vent his spleen on the institutions which had duped him’
    • ‘The Dunblane boy chose to hit a backhand and vent his spleen by complaining about the high expectations of the British media.’
    • ‘He'll be making the odd post whenever he feels he has something to say or has to vent his spleen.’
    • ‘The world has changed for the worse in the last year and bigots feel more empowered to vent their spleen.’
    • ‘Every week or so we allow lucky old you the chance to vent your spleen at a useless celebrity.’
    • ‘As for the money, the people of Tasmania are entitled to be outraged and need to vent their spleen at the ballot box.’
    • ‘Well written, possibly, but for me it's my own place to vent my spleen at the general vacuity and stupidity of the world as I see it.’
    • ‘That is debatable, but people who hate each other do not always require guns to vent their spleen.’
    • ‘In private, feel free to vent your spleen, cry, denounce the other party as a loathsome cad.’
    • ‘Initially I had the idea that if I could vent my spleen about life events it would be a cathartic exercise.’
    • ‘On eviction you will also be required to visit the diary room to vent your spleen and dish the dirt as you see fit.’
    • ‘No sisterhood here: both Anna and Claire vent their spleen upon her with hilariously withering spite.’
    • ‘I had an email from BobbyJo who clearly needed to vent her spleen.’
    • ‘In an echo of the bad old times, more than 200 fans gathered outside afterwards to vent their spleen.’
    • ‘Every now and again - usually these days in grand slam finals - they get the chance to vent their spleen and lay into each other in public.’
    • ‘If only there'd been a forum for me to vent my spleen when I had a sponging twat of a lodger a few years back.’
    • ‘One particularly irritated chap emailed us, presumably to vent his spleen.’
    • ‘Furious residents gathered at a parish council meeting to vent their spleen at a proposed skate park on their doorsteps.’
    • ‘Want to vent your spleen over how great or appalling our list is?’
    • ‘So blogging will be light for the next two weeks or so, until I find a new equilibrium, or a compelling reason to vent my spleen.’
    • ‘This is not the best time for fans to vent their spleen against the club's directors, who are not due to attend.’
    bad temper, bad mood, ill temper, ill humour, annoyance, anger, wrath, vexation, crossness, irritation, displeasure, dissatisfaction, irritability, irascibility, cantankerousness, peevishness, petulance, pettishness, pique, querulousness, crabbiness, testiness, tetchiness, snappishness, waspishness, touchiness, moodiness, sullenness, resentment, rancour, biliousness, sourness
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Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French esplen, via Latin from Greek splēn; spleen (sense 2) derives from the earlier belief that the spleen was the seat of bad temper.

Pronunciation

spleen

/spliːn/