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melancholy
used in Gulliver's Travels

9 uses
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Definition
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • When the workmen found it was impossible for me to break loose, they cut all the strings that bound me; whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (16% in)
  • All I ventured was to raise mine eyes towards the sun, and place my hands together in a supplicating posture, and to speak some words in a humble melancholy tone, suitable to the condition I then was in: for I apprehended every moment that he would dash me against the ground, as we usually do any little hateful animal, which we have a mind to destroy.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (8% in)
  • The queen, who often used to hear me talk of my sea-voyages, and took all occasions to divert me when I was melancholy, asked me whether I understood how to handle a sail or an oar, and whether a little exercise of rowing might not be convenient for my health?
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (54% in)
  • I ordered him to set me down, and lifting up one of my sashes, cast many a wistful melancholy look towards the sea.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (85% in)
  • I gave due praises to every thing I saw, whereof his excellency took not the least notice till after supper; when, there being no third companion, he told me with a very melancholy air "that he doubted he must throw down his houses in town and country, to rebuild them after the present mode; destroy all his plantations, and cast others into such a form as modern usage required, and give the same directions to all his tenants, unless he would submit to incur the censure of pride,...
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (36% in)
  • ] In the school of political projectors, I was but ill entertained; the professors appearing, in my judgment, wholly out of their senses, which is a scene that never fails to make me melancholy.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (51% in)
  • As every person called up made exactly the same appearance he had done in the world, it gave me melancholy reflections to observe how much the race of human kind was degenerated among us within these hundred years past; how the pox, under all its consequences and denominations had altered every lineament of an English countenance; shortened the size of bodies, unbraced the nerves, relaxed the sinews and muscles, introduced a sallow complexion, and rendered the flesh loose and rancid.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (75% in)
  • He said, "they commonly acted like mortals till about thirty years old; after which, by degrees, they grew melancholy and dejected, increasing in both till they came to fourscore.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (90% in)
  • That wine was not imported among us from foreign countries to supply the want of water or other drinks, but because it was a sort of liquid which made us merry by putting us out of our senses, diverted all melancholy thoughts, begat wild extravagant imaginations in the brain, raised our hopes and banished our fears, suspended every office of reason for a time, and deprived us of the use of our limbs, till we fell into a profound sleep; although it must be confessed, that we always...
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (41% in)

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