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Definition of Melancholy

Melancholy

  1. Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess.
  2. Great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia.
  3. Pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness.
  4. Ill nature.
  5. Depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal.
  6. Producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event.
  7. Somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired.
  8. Favorable to meditation; somber.

Melancholy Quotations

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
Amelia Barr

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
Anatole France

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
Charles Baudelaire

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.
Comte de Lautreamont

Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
David Hume
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Melancholy Translations

melancholy in Dutch is weemoedig, droefgeestig, melancholiek
melancholy in Portuguese is melancolia
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