[ mel-uhn-kol-ee ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Middle English; from circa 1300, melancolie or malencolie, "mental disorder characterized by sullenness, gloom, irritability, and propensity to causeless and violent anger," from the Old French melancolie "black bile; ill disposition, anger, annoyance," from Late Latin melancholia, from the Greek melankholia "sadness," literally "(excess of) black bile"
  • gloomy grim mournful pensive somber sorrowful trite wistful
  • bright cheerful happy joyful sunny above heartened
a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression
A) She noticed the melancholy look on his face, and began to wonder whether it had bothered him more than he let on. B) She couldn't shake off her melancholy mood, which came to her so often at this time of year.
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