a feeling of thoughtful sadness
a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
black bile, melancholy(adj)
a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
"growing more melancholy every hour"; "her melancholic smile"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"
somber, sombre, melancholy(adj)
grave or even gloomy in character
"solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"
Black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies.
Great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.
Affected with great sadness or depression.
Origin: From μελαγχολία, from μέλας, μελαν- + χολή. Compare the Latin atra bilis.
depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess
great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia
pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness
depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal
producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event
somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired
favorable to meditation; somber
Origin: [OE. melancolie, F. mlancolie, L. melancholia, fr. Gr. ; me`las, me`lanos, black + gall, bile. See Malice, and 1st Gall.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mel′an-kol-i, n. continued depression of spirits: dejection: a gloomy state of mind causing groundless fears: (Milt.) pensiveness.—adj. gloomy: producing grief.—n. Melanchō′lia, a form of insanity, in which there is continued depression or pain of mind.—adjs. Melanchol′ic, Melanchō′lious, affected with, or caused by, melancholy: dejected: mournful. [Through Fr.,—L.,—Gr. melancholia—melan, black, cholē, bile.]
The numerical value of melancholy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of melancholy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!
Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
It is impossible that a fish doesn’t carry any smell of the sea and a real love, of the melancholy!
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Translations for melancholy
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- melancholický, melancholieCzech
- melankolsk, melankoliDanish
- melancholisch, Schwermut, Melancholie, schwermütigGerman
- melancólico, melancolía, melancólicaSpanish
- mélancolie, mélancoliqueFrench
- mulad, dubhachas, dòlasachd, truime, tùirse, cianalas, èisleanScottish Gaelic
- melancolico, malinconia, malinconicoItalian
- 鬱病, 憂鬱Japanese
- 우울, 침울Korean
- kainatu, matapōuri, rāwakiwaki, ruku popoiMāori
- melancholie, weemoed, droevig, melancholischDutch
- tungsinn, melankoli, svartsynNorwegian
- melancólico, melancoliaPortuguese
- melancolie, melancolic, tristețeRomanian
- меланхоличный, меланхолияRussian
- snuždenost, снужденост, утученост, melankòlija, utučenostSerbo-Croatian
- melankoli, svårmod, melankoliskSwedish
- hüzün, melankoli, melankolikTurkish
- u sầuVietnamese
- 悲哀, 忧郁Chinese
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