spleen (n.) Old form(s): Spleene, spleenes
impulse, caprice, whim
1H4 V.ii.19[Worcester to Vernon] A hare-brained Hotspur, governed by a spleen
AYL IV.i.197[Rosalind to Celia] bastard of Venus ... conceived of spleen
MND I.i.146[Lysander to Hermia, of lightning] That in a spleen unfolds both heaven and earth [or: temper]
TS III.ii.10[Katherina to Baptista, of Petruchio] a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen
Ven.907[of Venus] A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways
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