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Meaning & Definition of Melancholy in English

English

Melancholy

/mɛlənkɑli/

noun

1. A feeling of thoughtful sadness

    synonym:
  • melancholy

2. A constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

    synonym:
  • melancholy

3. A humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

    synonym:
  • black bile
  • ,
  • melancholy

adjective

1. Characterized by or causing or expressing sadness

  • "Growing more melancholy every hour"
  • "Her melancholic smile"
  • "We acquainted him with the melancholy truth"
    synonym:
  • melancholy
  • ,
  • melancholic

2. Grave or even gloomy in character

  • "Solemn and mournful music"
  • "A suit of somber black"
  • "A somber mood"
    synonym:
  • somber
  • ,
  • sombre
  • ,
  • melancholy

Examples of using

From early morning I had been oppressed by a strange melancholy.
It's a unique device able to make stress and melancholy vanish.
Her words were filled with melancholy.