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NOUN (3)

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, melancholy]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness;
- Example: "growing more melancholy every hour"
- Example: "her melancholic smile"
- Example: "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"
[syn: melancholy, melancholic]

2. grave or even gloomy in character;
- Example: "solemn and mournful music"
- Example: "a suit of somber black"
- Example: "a somber mood"
[syn: somber, sombre, melancholy]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Melancholy \Mel"an*chol*y\, n. [OE. melancolie, F. m['e]lancolie, L. melancholia, fr. Gr. ?; me`las, me`lanos, black + ? gall, bile. See Malice, and 1st Gall.] [1913 Webster] 1. Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia. [1913 Webster] 3. Pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness. [Obs.] "Hail, divinest Melancholy !" --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. Ill nature. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Melancholy \Mel"an*chol*y\, a. 1. Depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event. [1913 Webster] 3. Somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired. [Obs.] --Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 4. Favorable to meditation; somber. [1913 Webster] A pretty, melancholy seat, well wooded and watered. --Evelin. [1913 Webster] Syn: Gloomy; sad; dispirited; low-spirited; downhearted; unhappy; hypochondriac; disconsolate; heavy, doleful; dismal; calamitous; afflictive. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

melancholy adj 1: characterized by or causing or expressing sadness; "growing more melancholy every hour"; "her melancholic smile"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth" [syn: melancholy, melancholic] 2: grave or even gloomy in character; "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood" [syn: somber, sombre, melancholy] 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, melancholy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

193 Moby Thesaurus words for "melancholy": absorption, abstraction, aching heart, agony, agony of mind, anguish, atrabiliar, atrabilious, bale, beetle-browed, bitterness, black, black-browed, blase, bleeding heart, blue, blues, boredness, boredom, bouderie, broken heart, brown study, cheerless, cheerlessness, close study, concentration, contemplativeness, crestfallen, crushing, dark, deep thought, dejected, dejectedness, dejection, depressed, depressing, depression, depth of misery, desolation, despair, desperation, despondency, despondent, discomposing, disconsolate, disconsolateness, dismal, dispirited, dispiritedness, disquieting, disturbing, doleful, dolor, dolorous, dour, downcast, downhearted, downheartedness, dreary, dumpish, dumpishness, dumps, engrossment, ennui, extremity, fed-up, fed-upness, forlorn, frowning, funereal, funky, gentle melancholy, gloom, gloominess, gloomy, glowering, glum, glumness, good and tired, grief, grim, grimness, grum, grumness, heartache, heartbroken, heavy heart, heavyhearted, heavyheartedness, infelicity, irked, jaded, jadedness, joyless, lachrymose, lamentable, life-weariness, life-weary, low, low-spirited, lowering, lugubrious, lugubriousness, melancholia, melancholic, melancholiness, miserable, miserableness, misery, moanful, moodiness, moodish, moodishness, moody, mopey, moping, mopish, mopishness, morose, moroseness, mournful, mournfulness, mumpish, musing, pensive, pensiveness, perturbing, plaintive, preoccupation, profound thought, prostration, reflective, reflectiveness, reverie, romantic melancholy, rueful, sad, saddened, saddening, sadness, satiated, satiation, satiety, scowling, sick, sick of, somber, sombrous, sorrow, sorrowful, sorrowfulness, sorry, speculativeness, spleen, splenetic, study, suicidal despair, sulkiness, sulky, sullen, sullenness, surliness, surly, taedium vitae, tedium, thoughtful, thoughtfulness, tired, tired of, tired of living, tired to death, tiredness, triste, tristful, tristfulness, unhappiness, unhappy, wailful, wearied, weariful, wearifulness, weariness, weary, weary unto death, wistful, wistfulness, woe, woebegone, woeful, woefulness, world-weariness, world-weary, wretchedness