The sight of the motel name on the card threw me into a fit of melancholy.
Greenman puts new spins on clichés, and rescues his story from mediocrity by finding new ways of talking about melancholy.
Meanwhile, the bandsmen of his captive army played a “melancholy” tune on drums and fifes.
You know, Ack, the melancholy of it all is that we grew up there.
The lights of cop cars flashed inside with that melancholy rhythm they have when the sirens are off and the action is over.
Where she could be placed became a subject of most melancholy and momentous consultation.
But enough of this melancholy, though not unpleasing strain.
"Let me show him," broke in the melancholy voice of Wellington Bunn.
She asked for some hair-pins, with a dignified and melancholy air.
We must follow the career of the collection to its melancholy end.
c.1300, "condition characterized by sullenness, gloom, irritability," from Old French melancolie "black bile, ill disposition, anger, annoyance" (13c.), from Late Latin melancholia, from Greek melankholia "sadness," literally (excess of) "black bile," from melas (genitive melanos) "black" (see melanin) + khole "bile" (see Chloe). Medieval physiology attributed depression to excess of "black bile," a secretion of the spleen and one of the body's four "humors."
The Latin word also is the source of Spanish melancolia, Italian melancolia, German Melancholie, Danish melankoli, etc. Old French variant malencolie (also in Middle English) is by false association with mal "sickness."
late 14c., "with or caused by black bile; sullen, gloomy, sad," from melancholy (n.); sense of "deplorable" (of a fact or state of things) is from 1710.
melancholy mel·an·chol·y (měl'ən-kŏl'ē)
Sadness or depression of the spirits; gloom.