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Definition of the noun melancholy

What does melancholy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: melancholies

  1. a feeling of thoughtful sadness
  2. a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: depression = a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  3. a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

Alternative definition of the noun melancholy


  1. [historical] Black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies.
  2. Great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.

Definition of the adjective melancholy

What does melancholy mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more melancholy / most melancholy

  1. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    • examples: growing more melancholy every hour | we acquainted him with the melancholy truth
    • synonym of melancholy: melancholic
    • similar: sad
  2. grave or even gloomy in character

Alternative definition of the adjective melancholy


  1. Affected with great sadness or depression.


"Melancholy" is a painting by the Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Munch painted multiple variant versions of the expressionist work in oil on canvas during the period 1891–93. The painting depicts a man with his head resting in his hand in a pensive mood at the edge of a shoreline.

  • also known as Jaape on the Beach, Jealousy
  • media: oil paint


  1. "Melancholy" is a live album by Cecil Taylor's Workshop Ensemble featuring Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Tony Oxley recorded on September 30, 1990 at the Bechstein Concert Hall in Berlin and released on the FMP label.
    • genre: Free jazz
    • released in (16 years ago)
  2. "Melancholy" is a musical album of Cemetery of Scream.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  3. "Melancholy" a.k.a. "Wehmut" is a composition, dedicated work.
  4. "Melancholy" is a composition.
  5. "Melancholy" is a musical album of André Manoukian.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  6. "Melancholy" is a musical album of Moon Rambler.
    • released on
  7. "Melancholy" is a musical album of WMD.
    • released on
  8. "Melancholy" is a musical album of Golgotha.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  9. "Melancholy" is a composition.
  10. "Melancholy" is a composition.


"Melancholy" is a film, directed by Nara Karapetyan.


Melancholy is a musical group.

  • albums: "Fear of Emptiness", "ProФet ver. 1", "Capsula", "Nano"

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Melancholy

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Comparative Iconography (2013)

Themes Depicted in Works of Art by Helene E. Roberts

the Elder, Melancholy, 1532, Copenhagen, Denmark, State Museum Cranach, Lucas, the Elder, Melancholy, 1532, Colmar, France, Musée d'Unterlinden Campagnola, Giulio, Saturn, mid-sixteenth century Beham, Hans Sebald, Melencolia, ...

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Quotes about Melancholy

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. (Anatole France)
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Scrabble value of M3E1L1A1N1C3H4O1L1Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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