Definitions for melancholyˈmɛl ənˌkɒl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mel•an•chol•yˈmɛl ənˌkɒl i(n.; adj.)(pl.)-chol•ies

  1. (n.)a gloomy state of mind; dejection.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. thoughtfulness; pensiveness.

  3. a condition of depression and irritability formerly attributed to an excess of black bile.

    Ref: black bile.

  4. (adj.)affected with melancholy; depressed:

    a melancholy mood.

  5. causing melancholy.

  6. thoughtful; pensive.

Origin of melancholy:

1275–1325; ME < LL melancholia < Gk melancholía condition of having black bile =melan-melan - +chol(ḗ) bile +-ia -ia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. melancholy(noun)

    a feeling of thoughtful sadness

  2. melancholy(noun)

    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

  3. black bile, melancholy(adj)

    a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

  4. melancholy, melancholic(adj)

    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness

    "growing more melancholy every hour"; "her melancholic smile"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"

  5. somber, sombre, melancholy(adj)

    grave or even gloomy in character

    "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"


  1. melancholy(Noun)

    Black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies.

  2. melancholy(Noun)

    Great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.

  3. melancholy(Adjective)

    Affected with great sadness or depression.

  4. Origin: From μελαγχολία, from μέλας, μελαν- + χολή. Compare the Latin atra bilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melancholy(noun)

    depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess

  2. Melancholy(noun)

    great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia

  3. Melancholy(noun)

    pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness

  4. Melancholy(noun)

    ill nature

  5. Melancholy(adj)

    depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal

  6. Melancholy(adj)

    producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event

  7. Melancholy(adj)

    somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired

  8. Melancholy(adj)

    favorable to meditation; somber

Translations for melancholy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


sad; showing or causing sadness

melancholy eyes.

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