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Mel"an*chol*y (?), n. [OE. melancolie, F. mélancolie, L. melancholia, fr. Gr. &unr_;; me`las, me`lanos, black + &unr_; gall, bile. See Malice, and 1st Gall.]
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1. Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess. Shak.
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2. Great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia.
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3. Pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness. [Obs.]Hail, divinest Melancholy !” Milton.
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4. Ill nature. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Mel"an*chol*y, a. 1. Depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal. Shak.
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2. Producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event.
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3. Somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired. [Obs.] Bp. Reynolds.
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4. Favorable to meditation; somber.
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A pretty, melancholy seat, well wooded and watered. Evelin.
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Syn. -- Gloomy; sad; dispirited; low-spirited; downhearted; unhappy; hypochondriac; disconsolate; heavy, doleful; dismal; calamitous; afflictive.
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