Choleric (KOL ur ik) adj: hot-tempered; quick to anger
The choleric watchdog would sink his teeth into anyone who came within biting distance of his doghouse.
When the grumpy old man was in one of his choleric moods, the children refused to go near him.
The choleric administrator kept all the secretaries in a state of terror.
Chronic (KRON ik) adj: constant; lasting a long time; inveterate
Someone who always comes in last could be called a chronic loser.
Chronic is usually associated with something negative or undesirable: chronic illness, chronic failure and chronic depression. You would be much less likely to encounter a reference or chronic success or chronic happiness, unless the writer or speaker was being ironic.
A chronic disease is one that lingers for a long time, doesn't go away, or keeps coming back. The opposite of a chronic disease is an acute disease. An acute disease is one that comes and goes very quickly. It may be severe, but it doesn’t last forever.
Chronicle (KRON I kul) n: a record of events in order of time; a history
Sally's diary provided her mother with a detailed chronicle of her daughter's extracurricular activities. Chronicle can also be used as a verb. The reporter chronicled all the events of the revolution. Chronology and chronicle are nearly synonyms: Both provide a chronological list of events. Chronological means in order of time.
Circuitous (sur KYOO I tus) adj: roundabout; not following a direct path
The circuitous bus route between the two cities went here, there, and everywhere and it took an extremely long time to get anywhere.
The salesman's route was circuitous. It would go aimlessly through many small towns.
A circuitous argument is one that rambles around for quite a while before making its point.
A circuitous argument is very similar to a circular argument, which is one that ends up where it begins or attempts to prove something without offering any new information. To say, A majority is that which exists when there is a majority, is to give a circular, or tautological, definition of the word majority.