Melancholy

  • 1 melancholy# — melancholy n *sadness, melancholia, dejection, gloom, depression, blues, dumps Analogous words: miserableness or misery, wretchedness (see corresponding adjectives at MISERABLE): despondency, despair, hopelessness, forlornness, desperation (see… …

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  • 2 Melancholy — Mel an*chol*y, a. 1. Depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event. [1913 Webster] 3. Somewhat deranged in mind; having the …

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  • 3 Melancholy — Mel an*chol*y, n. [OE. melancolie, F. m[ e]lancolie, L. melancholia, fr. Gr. ?; me las, me lanos, black + ? gall, bile. See {Malice}, and 1st {Gall}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep… …

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  • 4 melancholy — [adj] depressed, sad blue*, dejected, despondent, destroyed, disconsolate, dismal, dispirited, doleful, dolorous, down*, down and out*, downbeat, downcast, downhearted, down in the dumps*, down in the mouth*, dragged, droopy, funereal, gloomy,… …

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  • 5 melancholy — [mel′ən käl΄ē] n. pl. melancholies [ME malencoli < OFr melancolie < LL melancholia < Gr < melas, black (see MELANO ) + cholē, bile, gall: see YELLOW] 1. Obs. a) black bile: in medieval times considered to be one of the four humors of… …

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  • 6 melancholy — index despondent, disconsolate, lamentable, lugubrious, pessimism, pessimistic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7 melancholy — ► NOUN ▪ deep and long lasting sadness. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sad or depressed. DERIVATIVES melancholic adjective. ORIGIN Greek melankholia, from melas black + khol bile , an excess of which was formerly believed to cause depression …

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  • 8 melancholy — [[t]me̱lənkɒli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED You describe something that you see or hear as melancholy when it gives you an intense feeling of sadness. ...a painter of haunting melancholy canvases... The only sounds were the distant, melancholy cries of the …

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  • 9 melancholy — melancholily, adv. melancholiness, n. /mel euhn kol ee/, n., pl. melancholies, adj. n. 1. a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression. 2. sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness. 3. Archaic. a. the condition of having too much… …

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  • 10 melancholy — {{11}}melancholy (adj.) late 14c., with or caused by black bile; sullen, gloomy, sad, from MELANCHOLY (Cf. melancholy) (n.); sense of deplorable (of a fact or state of things) is from 1710. {{12}}melancholy (n.) c.1300, condition characterized by …

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  • 11 melancholy — 1 adjective sad or making you feel sad: a melancholy expression | the seagulls melancholy cry 2 noun (U) formal a feeling of sadness for no particular reason: They sank into a mood of deep melancholy. | the lingering melancholy of Gloomy Sunday …

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  • 12 melancholy — /ˈmɛlənkɒli / (say meluhnkolee) noun (plural melancholies) 1. a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression. 2. sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness. 3. Obsolete a. condition of having too much black bile. b. the bile… …

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  • 13 melancholy — I. noun (plural cholies) Etymology: Middle English malencolie, from Anglo French, from Late Latin melancholia, from Greek, from melan + cholē bile more at gall Date: 14th century 1. a. an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile and… …

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  • 14 melancholy — mel|an|chol|y1 [ˈmelənkəli US ka:li] adj very sad ▪ The music suited her melancholy mood. melancholy 2 melancholy2 n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: melancolie, from Late Latin melancholia, from Greek, from melas black + chole bile ]… …

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  • 15 melancholy — mel•an•chol•y [[t]ˈmɛl ənˌkɒl i[/t]] n. pl. chol•ies, adj. 1) psi a gloomy state of mind; dejection 2) thoughtfulness; pensiveness 3) a) a condition of depression and irritability formerly attributed to an excess of black bile b) black bile 4)… …

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  • 16 melancholy — Synonyms and related words: absorption, abstraction, aching heart, agony, agony of mind, anguish, atrabiliar, atrabilious, bale, beetle browed, bitterness, black, black browed, blase, bleeding heart, blue, blues, boredness, boredom, bouderie,… …

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  • 17 melancholy — [14] Etymologically, melancholy means ‘black gall’. The word comes via Old French melancolie and late Latin melancholia from Greek melagkholíā, a compound formed from mélās ‘black’ (source also of English melanin [19] and melanoma [19]) and kholé …

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  • 18 melancholy — 1. adjective a melancholy expression Syn: sad, sorrowful, unhappy, desolate, mournful, lugubrious, gloomy, despondent, dejected, depressed, downhearted, downcast, disconsolate, glum, miserable, wretched, dismal, morose …

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  • 19 melancholy — 1. adjective a melancholy mood Syn: sad, sorrowful, unhappy, gloomy, despondent, glum, miserable, morose; informal down in the dumps, blue Ant: cheerful 2. noun a feeling of melancholy Syn: sadness …

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  • 20 melancholy — [ˈmelənkəli] noun [U] literary 1) a feeling of being very sad and having no hope melancholy adj 2) a melancholy tone of voice[/ex] …

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