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melancholy


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Melancholy  \Mel"an*chol*y\,  n.  [OE.  melancolie  F. 
  m['e]lancolie,  L.  melancholia,  fr  Gr  ?;  me`las,  -anos, 
  black  +  ?  gall,  bile.  See  {Malice},  and  1st  {Gall}.] 
  1.  Depression  of  spirits;  a  gloomy  state  continuing  a 
  considerable  time;  deep  dejection;  gloominess.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Great  and  continued  depression  of  spirits,  amounting  to 
  mental  unsoundness;  melancholia. 
 
  3.  Pensive  maditation;  serious  thoughtfulness.  [Obs.]  ``Hail, 
  divinest  Melancholy  !''  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Ill  nature.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Melancholy  \Mel"an*chol*y\,  a. 
  1.  Depressed  in  spirits;  dejected;  gloomy  dismal.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Producing  great  evil  and  grief;  causing  dejection; 
  calamitous;  afflictive;  as  a  melancholy  event. 
 
  3.  Somewhat  deranged  in  mind;  having  the  jugment  impaired. 
  [Obs.]  --Bp.  Reynolds. 
 
  4.  Favorable  to  meditation;  somber. 
 
  A  pretty,  melancholy  seat,  well  wooded  and  watered. 
  --Evelin. 
 
  Syn:  Gloomy;  sad;  dispirited;  low-spirited;  downhearted; 
  unhappy;  hypochondriac;  disconsolate;  heavy,  doleful; 
  dismal;  calamitous;  afflictive. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  melancholy 
  adj  :  characterized  by  or  causing  or  expressing  sadness;  "growing 
  more  melancholy  every  hour";  "her  melancholic  smile"; 
  "we  acquainted  him  with  the  melancholy  truth"  [syn:  {melancholic}] 
  n  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  [syn:  {black 
  bile}] 




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