melancholy


1mel·an·choly

noun \ˈme-lən-ˌkä-lē\

: a sad mood or feeling

plural mel·an·chol·ies

Full Definition of MELANCHOLY

1
a :  an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile and characterized by irascibility or depression
b :  black bile
c :  melancholia
2
a :  depression of spirits :  dejection
b :  a pensive mood

Examples of MELANCHOLY

  1. <the bleakness of winter sometimes gives me cause for melancholy>

Origin of MELANCHOLY

Middle English malencolie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin melancholia, from Greek, from melan- + cholē bile — more at gall
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with MELANCHOLY

2mel·an·choly

adjective \ˈme-lən-ˌkä-lē\

: feeling or showing sadness : very unhappy

Full Definition of MELANCHOLY

1
a :  suggestive or expressive of sadness or depression of mind or spirit <sang in a melancholy voice>
b :  causing or tending to cause sadness or depression of mind or spirit :  dismal <a melancholy thought>
2
a :  depressed in spirits :  dejected, sad
b :  pensive

Examples of MELANCHOLY

  1. She was in a melancholy mood.
  2. He became quiet and melancholy as the hours slowly passed.
  3. A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can't make old friends. —Christopher Hitchens, Harper's, June 1999

Origin of MELANCHOLY

(see 1melancholy)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with MELANCHOLY

mel·an·choly

noun \ˈmel-ən-ˌkäl-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural mel·an·chol·ies

Medical Definition of MELANCHOLY

1
a : an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile and characterized by irascibility or depression b : black bile c : melancholia
2
: depression or dejection of spirits
melancholy adjective

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