Part of speech: adjective

Morbidly gloomy; dejected; sad.

Part of speech: noun

Low spirits; despondency.

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Usage examples "melancholy":

  1. Would his taste tell him the melancholy truth? - "Blind Love", Wilkie Collins.
  2. " Such," said they, " is our truly melancholy condition: but the time has arrived to rescue our people." - "The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)", John West.
  3. You have heard that Lomellino- that Manfrone- I know all, answered Flodoardo, with a melancholy air. - "The-Bravo-of-Venice-a-romance", Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory).