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melancholy

mel·an·chol·y

melancholy

 
 
pronunciation:
me ln ka li
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a sad, gloomy, or depressed state or quality.
Melancholy overcame her as her thoughts turned to lost opportunities.He's fallen into melancholy since his wife's death.A feeling of melancholy pervaded the household during those difficult times.
synonyms:
dejection, depression, gloom
antonyms:
exhilaration, mirth
similar words:
blues, despair, despondency, doldrums, dolor, dumps, melancholia, sadness, sorrow
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: suffering from or tending to suffer from sadness, gloominess, or depression.
He was melancholy that evening, thinking of pleasant times in the past.She is a melancholy young woman who would benefit from having friends but seems to prefer solitude.
synonyms:
dejected, disconsolate, gloomy, melancholic
antonyms:
buoyant, cheerful
similar words:
blue, cheerless, crestfallen, depressed, despondent, dispirited, doleful, downcast, downhearted, forlorn, glum, heartsick, heavy-hearted, low, lugubrious, sad, unhappy
definition 2: causing or promoting such feelings.
Returning to our old school was enjoyable for the others, but for me it was a melancholy event.
synonyms:
depressing, disconsolate, gloomy
antonyms:
cheerful
similar words:
cheerless, desolate, dismal, doleful, dolorous, dreary, funereal, joyless, lugubrious, mournful, pensive, sad, somber, tragic, unhappy
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The word melancholy contains the following part:
melan, melano Greek root that means black