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Definition a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
  • This weather makes me melancholy. I can't wait for spring,
  • melancholy = sad
  • Her melancholy ballad brought tears to my eyes.
  • melancholy = sad
  • 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
  • we acquainted him with the melancholy truth
  • 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
  • '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
  • melancholy = sad
  • 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
  • melancholy = sadness
  • His letters were increasingly melancholy.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • melancholy = sad
  • ...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
  • melancholy = sad
  • all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • melancholy = sadness
  • 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 = sadness
  • The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour....
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • melancholy = thoughtfully sad
  • It was a melancholy little drama, woven from bits and scraps of gossip and neighborhood legend: Mrs. Radley had been beautiful until she married Mr. Radley and lost all her money.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • melancholy = sad
  • A queenless colony is a pitiful and melancholy community;
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • melancholy = sad
  • Her face was leant to one side, following the lines of music with a careful and melancholy expression.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • melancholy = sad
  • 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
  • melancholy = sad
  • Grantaire was drinking in a melancholy way.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
melancholy = sad (perhaps depressed)

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