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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, 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

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
Oliver Goldsmith

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

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