Adjective "melancholy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.
  1. 'he had an ability to convey a sense of deep melancholy and yearning through much of his work'
  2. 'His spacious tempo and the rich, focused tone of the violins found the deep Russian melancholy that permeates the Adagio cantabile.'
  3. 'Kathy, on the other hand, is in a haze of anxiety and melancholy so deep that she, a housekeeper, can't even bring herself to take care of the place while she lives in it.'
  4. 'The sad melancholy drifted through the speakers, and the two of them sat in silence as the song floated through the room.'
  5. 'No one who has heard Horowitz in Traumerei could fail to be touched by its heartbreaking sincerity and reflective melancholy.'
  6. 'I'm sitting here almost in tears, drowning in a sad mixture of melancholy, confusion, hopelessness, and self-pity.'
  7. 'Both herbs seem to have beneficial effect on the emotions, heart and for sadness, melancholy and sadness.'
  8. 'The prominent string section combined with Laronge's stirring vocals contribute to the group's melancholy, sometimes chilling sound.'
  9. 'The second movement's deep melancholy is breathtakingly beautiful.'
  10. 'Serrand does a remarkable job of finding the humanity in these characters, even when emphasizing their desperation and melancholy.'
  11. 'His music is said to have a deep, reflective melancholy.'
  12. 'The psychologists remind us that hopelessness is the seedbed of melancholy and destructiveness.'
  13. 'And she's just encountered the old blood groupings, the four humours: sanguine, choler, phlegm, melancholy.'
  14. 'By the sixteenth century hypochondria had become an aspect of melancholy and was associated especially with the humour of black bile and with the spleen, the organ that was supposed to clear black bile from the body.'


Having a feeling of melancholy; sad and pensive.
  1. 'a dark, melancholy young man with deep-set eyes'
  2. 'At any rate, I hope that all people, especially those who are in a melancholy frame of mind in this global village, will get a chance to dine on all kinds of delicacies of the season during this lonely autumn.'
  3. 'A knock on his cabin door interrupted Captain Valentine's melancholy day spent in isolated depression.'
  4. 'But Angela suffers from an ambiguous, melancholy discontent.'
  5. 'When she sees or hears of injustice, the normally happy girl becomes so melancholy and dejected that it worries others.'
  6. 'The room was dimly lit, with only a reading lamp casting its melancholy glow over the elegantly decorated room.'
  7. 'Vaguely, I could feel a smile creeping back to my melancholy expression.'
  8. 'He is crude, frequently drunk, and often melancholy, and he feels resigned to the disappointing course his once-promising life has taken.'
  9. 'Of course, the name game is just one aspect of the melancholy fact expressed by the cliche ‘fame is fleeting.’'
  10. 'A lot of times when we play in countries where English isn't the first language we get accused of being melancholy and miserable.'
  11. 'It's always melancholy saying goodbye, but I know he'll be back soon - in fact, only 2 weeks from tomorrow he'll be here again!'
  12. 'Once you've finished this wonderful book you're haunted by the melancholy tone of this solitary, meditative figure.'
  13. 'Sheard certainly has an odd, melancholy stage presence, especially when belting out some extraordinarily mournful show tunes.'
  14. 'As she headed to Wyndemere, Nikolas' melancholy tone and his heartfelt words played inside her mind.'
  15. 'I feel that musically, melancholy tones are the most comforting.'
  16. 'The door opened and there he was, complete with a melancholy smile and apologetic eyes.'
  17. 'There's a melancholy tone to the proceedings, a funeral solemnity, in what is supposed to be a summer sci-fi action blockbuster.'
  18. 'The instrument's melancholy tones complement the often sombre frontier folk songs.'
  19. 'His score is a joy to listen to despite its frequently melancholy tone.'
  20. 'Lead singer, Mathew Booi's melancholy tone is appropriate here, just as it is almost too much to take everywhere else.'
  21. 'At such moments, he is on Greenhow Hill, reliving that painful time, and his narrative is marked by a melancholy tone that serves to underscore his present sadness.'


1. a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.

2. sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.

3. Archaic. the condition of having too much black bile, considered in ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominess and depression. black bile. adjective

4. affected with, characterized by, or showing melancholy; mournful; depressed: a melancholy mood.

5. causing melancholy or sadness; saddening: a melancholy occasion.

6. soberly tho

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be melancholy after openings."

"nudes can be melancholy in colours."

"people can be melancholy."

"expressions can be melancholy."

"thoughts can be melancholy."

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Middle English: from Old French melancolie, via late Latin from Greek melankholia, from melas, melan- ‘black’ + kholē ‘bile’, an excess of which was formerly believed to cause depression.