Definitions of melancholy

  1. a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
  2. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness; " growing more melancholy every hour"; " her melancholic smile"; " we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"
  3. a feeling of thoughtful sadness
  4. a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  5. Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess.
  6. Great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia.
  7. Pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness.
  8. Ill nature.
  9. Depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal.
  10. Producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event.
  11. Somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired.
  12. Favorable to meditation; somber.
  13. Despondence; dejection: depression of spirits.
  14. Depressed in spirits; dejected; mournful.
  15. A disease causing gloomy groundless fears, and general depression of spirits, so called because it was supposed to be occasioned by an excess of black bile: dejection.
  16. Gloomy: producing grief.
  17. Dejection of spirits; sadness.
  18. Gloomy; sad.
  19. Morbidly gloomy; dejected; sad.
  20. Low spirits; despondency.
  21. Depressed in spirits; gloomy; sad.
  22. A diseased state of the mind, characterized by great depression and gloomy apprehensions, so called as presumed to be due to an excess of black bile; a gloomy state of mind; depression of spirits.
  23. Dejection or depression of spirits; a gloomy state of mind.
  24. Dismal; calamitous; low- spirited.

Antonyms for melancholy

delightful, futile, awe, beaming, satisfaction, blissfulness, gaiety, ditzy, blithe, rapt, silliness, whoopee, sunny, enjoyment, chipper, lightsome, happiness, buoyant, flightiness, puerile, jubilant, cheerfulness, content, jollity, gayness, blithesome, ecstatic, welcome, radiant, exhilaration, intoxicated, ecstasy, merriness, warm fuzzies, merrymaking, elevated, flippant, excited, acceptable, frivolity, Cheeriness, rapture, lively, spirited, energetic, exultant, entranced, yeasty, blissful, frisky, facetiousness, cheering, insouciant, gleefulness, featherbrained, careless, harebrained, festive, jocose, seventh heaven, heady, glee, gratification, pleasant, flippancy, Elatedness, hopeful, levity, jocund, cavalier, delighted, glowing, pleasing, joyous, rhapsody, intoxication, euphoria, joy, cheerful, cheery, exuberant, dizzy, festivity, optimistic, devil-may-care, heaven, jollification, birdbrained, mindless, light-mindedness, overjoyed, frothiness, goofy, boon, unconcerned, thrilling, thoughtless, pleasure, unreflective, felicity, satisfying, merriment, aglow, stirring, heartened, sanguine, refreshing, light-minded, relish, bright, exhilarating, astonishment, contentment, joviality, frivolous, glad, wonder, transport, enraptured, heartwarming, happy, gleeful, pleasurable, inspiring, congenial, peppy, merry, grinning, mirth, carefree, paradise, enjoyable, frivolousness, delight, bouncing, perky, scatterbrained, amazement, elation, gladness, winsome, Enrapt, joyful, wonderment, jocular, Tickled, thankful, heartening, smiling, swoon, mirthfulness, upbeat, satisfied, pleased, lighthearted, gratified, vital, unthinking, grateful, thrilled, Light Headedness, frothy, elated, gratifying, canty, agreeable, admiration, flighty, bliss, giddy, encouraged, mirthful, exhilarated, jolly, cheer, gladdened, stimulating, Eupeptic, jaunty, zippy, chuffed, cloud nine, vivacious, uplifting, springy, Sprightful, blessedness, happy-go-lucky, Reveling, rhapsodic, light-headed, rosy, silly, brainless, easygoing, conviviality, euphoric, revelry, Buoyed, gladsome, delectation, sprightly, jovial, laughing, contentedness, animated, jocundity, rapturous, beatitude.

Quotes of melancholy

  1. In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy – Daniel Boone
  2. I think every human being has a level of melancholy in life and in general. – Sandra Bullock
  3. The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson's. – Jonathan Coe
  4. Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half. – Francois Fenelon
  5. When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy what art can wash her guilt away? – Oliver Goldsmith
  6. If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle- absolute busyness- then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy- and without consciousness. – Gunter Grass
  7. Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon, an exception. It has become the class privilege of the wage earner, a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever life is governed by production quotas. – Gunter Grass
  8. I'm not writing just about melancholy stuff anymore, I made a point to cover a wide range of emotions. – Chantal Kreviazuk
  9. Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness. – Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
  10. I'm so involved in melancholy – Isaac Mizrahi
  11. I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but, if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth. – James Otis
  12. It is better, however, for his own reputation that the story -teller should risk a few actions for libel on account of these unfortunate coincidences than that he should adopt the melancholy device of using blanks or asterisks. – James Payn
  13. Never give way to melancholy resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach. – Sydney Smith
  14. My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do. – Anne Stevenson

Usage examples for melancholy

  1. Mr. Carleton, Mamma, has been making me melancholy – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. And they sat there thinking each his own kind of melancholy thoughts. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  3. He seemed very melancholy and told me that never in his life had he had such a painful experience as he had this afternoon. – The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  4. For that reason, madam, instead of the pretty little tale which I had promised, you will only have yet another melancholy story today. – Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
  5. His blue eyes, too, have lost their laughter, and are full of a settled melancholy – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  6. Therefore, my brave boys, continued Barbican, with some excitement; away with melancholy – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  7. How fair she is,- how sweet, yet full of a tender melancholy – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  8. For the name carried with it its own suggestion of beauty and of melancholy – The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army by Margaret Vandercook
  9. The monks' lot was not sad and melancholy – English Villages by P. H. Ditchfield
  10. The result was melancholy for only three were left alive. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
  11. A melancholy stole into their sensitive dark faces. – The Woman With The Fan by Robert Hichens
  12. These melancholy thoughts filled Jeremy's mind when he started upon his walk, but soon he was absorbed by his surroundings. – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  13. " Once, and for the last time," he answered, a shade of melancholy passing over his countenance. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. He did not seem to have anything very much to say but looked at us with large melancholy eyes. – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  15. Ah, let me recall that melancholy scene. – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book I by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  16. Then why am I sad and melancholy – The Troubadours by H.J. Chaytor
  17. A melancholy smile passed over his face. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  18. We would grow as melancholy as need be. – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  19. " This is the man who holds your fate in his hands," whispered the melancholy man to Rehnhjelm. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  20. " It's too late," said Polly, in a melancholy tone,-" and it's all your doing." – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope