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MELANCHOLY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does melancholy mean? 

MELANCHOLY (noun)
  The noun MELANCHOLY has 3 senses:

1. a feeling of thoughtful sadness
2. a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
3. a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

  Familiarity information: MELANCHOLY used as a noun is uncommon.


MELANCHOLY (adjective)
  The adjective MELANCHOLY has 2 senses:

1. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
2. grave or even gloomy in character

  Familiarity information: MELANCHOLY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MELANCHOLY (noun)


Sense 1melancholy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of thoughtful sadness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("melancholy" is a kind of...):

sadness; unhappiness (emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "melancholy"):

gloom; gloominess; somberness; sombreness (a feeling of melancholy apprehension)

heavyheartedness (a feeling of dispirited melancholy)

brooding; pensiveness (persistent morbid meditation on a problem)

Weltschmerz; world-weariness (sadness on thinking about the evils of the world)


Sense 2melancholy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("melancholy" is a kind of...):

depression (a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity)


Sense 3melancholy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

black bile; melancholy

Hypernyms ("melancholy" is a kind of...):

bodily fluid; body fluid; humor; humour; liquid body substance (the liquid parts of the body)


MELANCHOLY (adjective)


Sense 1melancholy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or causing or expressing sadness

Synonyms:

melancholic; melancholy

Context examples:

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

Similar:

sad (experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness)


Sense 2melancholy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grave or even gloomy in character

Synonyms:

somber; sombre; melancholy

Context examples:

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

Similar:

cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)


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