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Pronunciation:  'melun`kâlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
  2. [n]  a feeling of thoughtful sadness
  3. [n]  a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  4. [adj]  characterized by or causing or expressing sadness; "growing more melancholy every hour"; "her melancholic smile"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"

MELANCHOLY is a 10 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: black bile, melancholic, sad
 See Also: bodily fluid, body fluid, brooding, depression, gloom, gloominess, heavyheartedness, humor, humour, liquid body substance, pensiveness, sadness, somberness, unhappiness, Weltschmerz, world-weariness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mel"an*chol*y\, n. [OE. melancolie, F.
    m['e]lancolie, L. melancholia, fr. Gr. ?; me`las, -anos,
    black + ? gall, bile. See {Malice}, and 1st {Gall}.]
    1. Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a
       considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess. --Shak.
    2. Great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to
       mental unsoundness; melancholia.
    3. Pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness. [Obs.] ``Hail,
       divinest Melancholy !'' --Milton.
    4. Ill nature. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Mel"an*chol*y\, a.
    1. Depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal. --Shak.
    2. Producing great evil and grief; causing dejection;
       calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event.
    3. Somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired.
       [Obs.] --Bp. Reynolds.
    4. Favorable to meditation; somber.
             A pretty, melancholy seat, well wooded and watered.
    Syn: Gloomy; sad; dispirited; low-spirited; downhearted;
         unhappy; hypochondriac; disconsolate; heavy, doleful;
         dismal; calamitous; afflictive.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are feeling melancholy means disappointment in an event that was assumed to be a success. Seeing others melancholy in your dream means unpleasant interruptions in your affairs that need to be tended to immediately.
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