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Definitions and Synonyms of melancholy | Another word for melancholy | What is melancholy?

Definition 1: a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for melancholy in the sense of this definition

(melancholy is a kind of ...) the liquid parts of the body

Definition 2: a feeling of thoughtful sadness - [noun denoting feeling]

(melancholy is a kind of ...) emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

(... is a kind of melancholy ) a feeling of melancholy apprehension

(... is a kind of melancholy ) a feeling of dispirited melancholy

(... is a kind of melancholy ) persistent morbid meditation on a problem

(... is a kind of melancholy ) sadness on thinking about the evils of the world

Definition 3: a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed - [noun denoting state]

(melancholy is a kind of ...) a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity

Definition 4: grave or even gloomy in character - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where melancholy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • solemn and mournful music
  • a suit of somber black
  • a somber mood

Synonyms for melancholy in the sense of this definition

(melancholy is similar to ...) causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

"the economic outlook is depressing" "something cheerless about the room" "a moody and uncheerful person" "an uncheerful place"

Definition 5: characterized by or causing or expressing sadness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where melancholy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • growing more melancholy every hour
  • her melancholic smile
  • we acquainted him with the melancholy truth

Synonyms for melancholy in the sense of this definition

(melancholy is similar to ...) experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness

"feeling sad because his dog had died" "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"

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