Definitions for melancholiaˌmɛl ənˈkoʊ li ə, -ˈkoʊl yə
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extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
Deep sadness or gloom; melancholy
Clinical depression, characterised by irrational fears, guilt and apathy
a kind of mental unsoundness characterized by extreme depression of spirits, ill-grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one particular subject or train of ideas
Origin: [L. See Melancholy.]
Melancholia, also lugubriousness, from the Latin lugere, to mourn; moroseness, from the Latin morosus, self-willed, fastidious habit; wistfulness, from old English wist: intent, or saturnine, in contemporary usage, is a mood disorder of non-specific depression, characterized by low levels of both enthusiasm and eagerness for activity. In a modern context, "melancholy" applies only to the mental or emotional symptoms of depression or despondency; historically, "melancholia" could be physical as well as mental, and melancholic conditions were classified as such by their common cause rather than by their properties.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I'm awash in melancholia, i'll miss it, desperately. One of two things: There will be reasonable, adult acceptance of transition. Or I will turn to a life of crime.
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