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Definition of 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, 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

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day. Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere, Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn?
Hugh Mackay

If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle - absolute busyness - then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy - and without consciousness.
Gunter Grass

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.
Paul McCartney

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
Nicolas Chamfort
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Melancholy Translations

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