Definition of melancoly
1. melancholy [ n ] a feeling of thoughtful sadnessUsed in print:
(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
`` Gladius_Dei '' ( 1902 ) resembles `` The_Way_to_the_Churchyard '' in its representation of a conflict between light and dark , between `` Life '' and a spirit of criticism , negation , melancholy , but it goes considerably further in characterizing the elements of this conflict .
(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)
Like Mrs._Dalloway , with her regrets about Peter_Walsh , he had his moments of melancholy over a youth too well spent .
(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)
Eliminating the patter and the upbeat numbers left little but blues and other songs of equal melancholy .Synonyms melancholy Related Terms sadness pensiveness gloom world-weariness heavyheartedness
2. melancholy [ a ] characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
Examples: "growing more melancholy every hour" "her melancholic smile" "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"
3. melancholy [ n ] a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressedSynonyms melancholy Related Terms depression
4. melancholy [ n ] a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholySynonyms melancholy black_bile Related Terms humor liquid_body_substance
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