melancholy: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mel'un-kol"ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -chol•ies,
- a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression.
- sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.
- the condition of having too much black bile, considered in ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominess and depression.
- black bile.
- affected with, characterized by, or showing melancholy; mournful; depressed: a melancholy mood.
- causing melancholy or sadness; saddening: a melancholy occasion.
- soberly thoughtful; pensive.
- melancholy (Thesaurus)