melancholy melancholy  /ˈmɛ lən ˌkɑ li/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a feeling of thoughtful sadness
  2. (n) a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  3. (n) a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
  4. (adj) characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
  5. (adj) grave or even gloomy in character

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Turner's Caernarvon Castle , circa 1799, is filled with Romantic melancholy.
  2. TV doesn't generally do melancholy, especially at ho-ho-holiday time.
  3. In their coolness and clarity and melancholy detachment these words express more about a moment in time than most entire novels do.

News

  1. Review: The National pleases fans with old releases, quintessential sound in Columbus show

    The National performed at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Saturday night as part of the Next @ Wex Fest. With its Columbus show Saturday night, The National reinforced fans' love for the band with their balmy chords and melancholy lyrics crooned by frontman Matt Berninger’s deep baritone.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Lantern

  2. The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

    When a band called The National made its debut more than a decade ago, it was considered an underdog in a busy independent music scene. The lead singer's melancholy baritone and the lush instrumentation didn't always fit the irony-laden swagger of the aughts. The National has endured, and these days it has a hard-won following.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KERA North Texas

  3. BookPeople hosts publication party

    BookPeople of Moscow celebrated the release of Robert Wrigley’s “Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems” Monday night. “We were very excited to be having a publication party for him,” said Carol Spurling, a co-owner of BookPeople ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Argonaut

Quotes

  1. "From the energy of I Want to Hold Your Hand to the melancholy of Yesterday, to the spirituality of Let It Be, you have played every chord, touched every emotion," Mr Levin said. "We admire your musical genius and your generous support of...
    on May 27, 2008 By: Richard Levin Source: BBC News

  2. "I cannot and I will not vote for Sen. John McCain as a matter of conscience," Dobson said. "But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should John McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I...
    on Feb 5, 2008 By: James Dobson Source: WorldNetDaily

  3. "Of course, in conditions of universal well-being, the will to work is nicer, more comfortable," Putin commented. "But working in difficult conditions should not lead to stagnation, melancholy or pessimism."
    on Dec 29, 2008 By: Vladimir Putin Source: Times of the Internet

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