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melancholy


Since her dog died she’s been in a melancholy mood.
  a sad feeling or manner — often with depression
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  • Since her dog died she’s been in a melancholy mood.
  • This weather makes me melancholy. I can’t wait for spring,
  • Her melancholy ballad brought tears to my eyes.
  • we acquainted him with the melancholy truth

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  • The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else.
    Arnold Bennett
  • Resignedly beneath the sky
    The melancholy waters lie.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • Her deep musings, melancholy though they were, were not untinged with a certain vague joy.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • The revising of these pages has been to me a melancholy task.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  A Rogue’s Life
  • He spoke before the hour bell sounded, which it now did with a deep, dull, hollow, melancholy ONE.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  •   "I’m not going to stay a minute longer in this house. ..."
      "Dear heart, dear heart!" said Mr. Glegg in a melancholy tone, as he followed his wife out of the room.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss

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  • We know only that in some strange and melancholy way we have become a waste land.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • This was such a perfect friend moment, it made her feel kind of melancholy and nostalgic.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • That way lies melancholy.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • To his eyes all seemed beautiful, but to me a tinge of melancholy lay upon the country-side
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Alice replied in a very melancholy voice.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • A queenless colony is a pitiful and melancholy community;
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Grantaire was drinking in a melancholy way.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • a rather melancholy voice
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Though reckoned a melancholy man, Mr. Hooper had a placid cheerfulness for such occasions,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Her face was leant to one side, following the lines of music with a careful and melancholy expression.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • and their ears were down and their whiskers drooped and their tails dragged in the grass, and their leader piped on his slender pipe a melancholy tune.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • For the first time in my life a feeling of overpowering stinging melancholy seized me.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • ...he looked back and saw the head of Faith still peeping after him with a melancholy air, in spite of her pink ribbons.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • For Tuck’s head tilted to one side, his eyes went soft, and the gentlest smile in the world displaced the melancholy creases of his cheeks.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • At these times the country gave him a feeling of profound melancholy
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • he will smile upon her, which will now be so unsuitable to her disposition, being addicted to a melancholy as she is
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • When is she dejected or melancholy?
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He is of a very melancholy disposition.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • a note of sweet and melancholy music
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • They say you are a melancholy fellow.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • he had sometimes seen a shade of melancholy on her blessed face, that smote him with remorse and despair.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • ’Only it is so VERY lonely here!’ Alice said in a melancholy voice; and at the thought of her loneliness two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • when I am dull with care and melancholy
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • He made her melancholy, sad, and heavy; And so she died:
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • why art thou melancholy?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • His letters were increasingly melancholy.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Melancholy sank into me, whisking away the joy I had just felt with Aunt and Uncle, stunning me with its power.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Melancholy seeped into his brain with her words, stuck to them like syrup.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She was humming something melancholy and familiar.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She gave a melancholy smile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • It’s more like that melancholy feeling you get at the end of a really good vacation.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The grayish afternoon light gave the walls a melancholy cast.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Even then I used to wonder how I should feel when I saw some severely slim, tall lad place his hand on the small of her back, let it slip down a notch, whether I ought to burn with indignation or shiver or stand back in prideful and surrendering melancholy.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Where it caught the porch glow through the window it was bathed in a pale-gold, melancholy light.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Now, though, I had higher hopes of finding Meg, which made it difficult to summon the proper amount of melancholy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • They were gentle and lilting, these sighs, and despite their melancholy Reynie loved to hear them.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • A look of deep melancholy crossed the Mathemagician’s face and his eves grew moist with sadness.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "No need for your melancholy, Sir Bert," Sir John said.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • My mam’s chapped lips and fleeting smile, the melancholy that filled our home in Kinvara and traveled with us across the ocean to take up permanent residence in the dim corners of our tenement apartment in New York.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
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Associated words [difficulty]:   melancholy [1] , morose [2]
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