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melancholy

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English

Etymology

From Ancient Greek μελαγχολία (melancholia) " atrabiliousness", from μέλας μελαν- (melas, melan-) "black, dark, murky" + χολή (chole) "bile". Compare the Latin ātra bīlis (black bile).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA: /ˈmɛl.ənˌkɑl.i/

Adjective

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Positive
melancholy

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  1. Affected with great sadness or depression.

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Noun

Singular
melancholy

Plural
melancholies

melancholy (melancholies)
  1. Great sadness or depression; gloom, with connotations of dullness.
  2. (dated) black bile

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