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Noun: melancholy  'me-lun,kó-lee
  1. A feeling of thoughtful sadness
  2. A constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  3. [archaic] A humour that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
    - black bile
Adjective: melancholy  'me-lun,kó-lee
  1. Characterized by, causing or expressing sadness
    "growing more melancholy every hour"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth";
    - melancholic
  2. Grave or even gloomy in character
    "a suit of melancholy black";
    - somber [US], sombre [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: melancholies

See also: cheerless, depressing, sad, uncheerful

Type of: bodily fluid, body fluid, depression, humor [US], humour [Brit, Cdn], liquid body substance, sadness, unhappiness

Encyclopedia: Melancholy