[ mel-uhn-kol-ee ]
/ ˈmɛl ənˌkɒl i /
noun, plural mel·an·chol·ies.
a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.
sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.
- the condition of having too much black bile, considered in ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominess and depression.
- black bile.
affected with, characterized by, or showing melancholy; mournful; depressed: a melancholy mood.
causing melancholy or sadness; saddening: a melancholy occasion.
soberly thoughtful; pensive.
Words nearby melancholy
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
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Examples from the Web for melancholiness
The days came and went, and after a few months of melancholiness he grew a little bit better.The Silver Lining|John Roussel
British Dictionary definitions for melancholiness
/ (ˈmɛlənkəlɪ) /
noun plural -cholies
a constitutional tendency to gloominess or depression
a sad thoughtful state of mind; pensiveness
- a gloomy character, thought to be caused by too much black bile
- one of the four bodily humours; black bileSee humour (def. 8)
characterized by, causing, or expressing sadness, dejection, etc
Derived forms of melancholymelancholily (ˈmɛlənˌkɒlɪlɪ), adverbmelancholiness, noun
Word Origin for melancholy
C14: via Old French from Late Latin melancholia, from Greek melankholia, from melas black + kholē bile
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Medical definitions for melancholiness
[ mĕl′ən-kŏl′ē ]
Sadness or depression of the spirits; gloom.
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