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Synonyms for melancholy
ˈmɛl ənˌkɒl imelan·cho·ly

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. melancholy

    Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune, or deep disappointment. Grief is more acute and less enduring than sorrow. Sorrow and grief are for definite cause; sadness and melancholy may arise from a vague sense of want or loss, from a low state of health, or other ill-defined cause; sadness may be momentary; melancholy is more enduring, and may become chronic. Affliction expresses a deep heart-sorrow and is applied also to the misfortune producing such sorrow; mourning most frequently denotes sorrow publicly expressed, or the public expression of such sorrow as may reasonably be expected; as, it is common to observe thirty days of mourning on the death of an officer of state.

    See synonyms for HAPPINESS.

    Synonyms:
    affliction, distress, grief, mourning, regret, sadness, sorrow, tribulation, trouble, wo

    Preposition:
    Grief at a loss; for a friend.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. melancholyadjective

    Synonyms:
    gloomy, sad, dejected, disconsolate, dismal, moody, hypochondriacal, cast down

    Antonyms:
    lively, sprightly, gladsome, gleesome, blithesome, happy, cheerful, gamesome, mirthful, merry

Princeton's WordNet

  1. melancholynoun

    a feeling of thoughtful sadness

    Synonyms:
    black bile

    Antonyms:
    cheerful, glad

  2. melancholynoun

    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

    Synonyms:
    black bile

    Antonyms:
    cheerful, glad

  3. black bile, melancholyadjective

    a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

    Synonyms:
    black bile

    Antonyms:
    glad, cheerful

  4. melancholy, melancholicadjective

    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness

    "growing more melancholy every hour"; "her melancholic smile"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"

    Synonyms:
    sombre, somber, melancholic

    Antonyms:
    cheerful, glad

  5. somber, sombre, melancholyadjective

    grave or even gloomy in character

    "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"

    Synonyms:
    sombre, somber, drab, melancholic, sober

    Antonyms:
    cheerful, glad

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Editors Contribution

  1. sad

    a feeling of sorrow; normally with no cause

    "for some reason he felt melancholy when she woke up"

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  
  2. sadnessnoun

    Submitted by Lucifee_97 on May 27, 2022  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. melancholyadjective

    Synonyms:
    despondent, hypochondriac, depressed, disconsolate, dispirited

  2. melancholynoun

    Synonyms:
    despondency, hypochondria, dejection, disconsolation, melancholia

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "melancholy":

    melancholic

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. melancholy

    Synonyms:
    Melancholia, major depressive disorder-recurrent [DSM-IV/dc-296.3x]

  2. melancholy

    Synonyms:
    melan-Greek, black; chole, bile

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How to use melancholy in a sentence?

  1. Lydia Child:

    A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.

  2. Martin Clayton:

    This drawing shows a certain wistfulness I think, a certain melancholy even, it's not Leonardo, the great philosopher gazing into the distance. It's a flesh and blood man at the end of a career that had achieved a great deal, but also maybe failed to achieve a great deal as well.

  3. Charles Dickens, Bleak House:

    It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

  4. Jill Soloway:

    When the time came to bring the' Transparent' journey to a close, it was clear that saying goodbye to Maura Pfefferman was our path forward, in this musical finale, we dramatize the death of Maura Pfefferman in an odyssey of comedy and melancholy told through the joyful prism of melody and dance.

  5. Aimee Osbourne:

    It’s been a frustrating journey, a lot of trial and error. For years it felt like I was swimming in the ocean, all by Aimee Osbourne, i’ve lived through a lot of dark environments one way or another while growing up and that has influenced my songwriting. And, yes, I suppose melancholy is a running theme. [ But ] I never had to battle for my identity. I have always been me.


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