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.

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