noun, plural mel·an·chol·ies.
- the condition of having too much black bile, considered in ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominess and depression.
- black bile.
Origin of melancholy
SYNONYMS FOR melancholy
OTHER WORDS FROM melancholymel·an·chol·i·ly, adverbmel·an·chol·i·ness, nounun·mel·an·chol·y, adjective
Words nearby melancholy
Example sentences from the Web for melancholies
But their melancholies had rapidly evaporated in the warmth of the unexpected encounter.Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)|Arnold Bennett
And still the man was strange, for often he had melancholies.The Shoes of Fortune|Neil Munro
Moreover, every body knows how wonderfully the mind is disturbed in melancholies.Medica Sacra|Richard Mead
Let Oliver take comfort in his dark sorrows and melancholies.Life Without and Life Within|Margaret Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for melancholies
noun plural -cholies
- a gloomy character, thought to be caused by too much black bile
- one of the four bodily humours; black bileSee humour (def. 8)