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melancholia

[ mel-uhn-koh-lee-uh, -kohl-yuh ]
/ ˌmɛl ənˈkoʊ li ə, -ˈkoʊl yə /
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noun
a mental condition characterized by great depression of spirits and gloomy forebodings.
Psychiatry. endogenous depression.
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Origin of melancholia

From Late Latin, dating back to 1685–95; see origin at melancholy
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British Dictionary definitions for melancholia

melancholia
/ (ˌmɛlənˈkəʊlɪə) /

noun
a former name for depression

Derived forms of melancholia

melancholiac, adjective, noun
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