from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mental disorder characterized by severe depression, guilt, hopelessness, and withdrawal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Deep sadness or gloom; melancholy
- n. Clinical depression, characterised by irrational fears, guilt and apathy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of mental unsoundness characterized by extreme depression of spirits, ill-grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one particular subject or train of ideas.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a mental condition characterized by great depression combined with a sluggishness and apparent painfulness of mental action.
- n. Same as melancholy, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
Late Latin, melancholy; see melancholy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin melancholia, which was in turn borrowed from the Ancient Greek medical term μελαγχολία (melankholia, "blackness of the bile"). (Wiktionary)