Definitions

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  • adj. melancholy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Melancholy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Melancholy; gloomy.
  • Expressing melancholy or gloom.

Etymologies

Compare Old French melancholieux. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Waxy says she has him”—here the Rector shook his fist at the moon, with something very like an oath, and added, in a melancholious tone—“——, down in her will for fifty thousand; and there won’t be above thirty to divide.

    XI. Arcadian Simplicity

  • Dr. Surtaine confessed a melancholious inability to see what the devil business it was of Hal's.

    The Clarion

  • On Hal's return from New York, the fat and melancholious advertising manager had exhibited a somewhat mollified pessimism.

    The Clarion

  • He appeared to be the "scout" of one of those prevalent and melancholious German bands, which, under Brooklyn's easy ordinances, are privileged to draw echoes of the past writhing from their forgotten recesses.

    Average Jones

  • He was a quiet man and for general melancholious, but I guess he could be amusing when he wanted to.

    The Path of the King

  • We can never thank her sufficiently for cutting out endless pages of songs and recitative by the melancholious old Hermit who, in the original version, was to commence the opera, and wander in and out of it incessantly.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

  • The melancholious man naturally is cold, covetous and heavy.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 1

  • Yow -- yow -- yow! in accents the most shrill or the most melancholious.

    Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 2 Great Britain and Ireland, Part 2

  • In the same letter, referring to the King's obstinacy, and to the grief on that account which he believes to be preying on Henderson, he implores him to take courage, shake off "melancholious thoughts," and "digest what cannot be gotten amended."

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649

  • Page 510: The number 1 removed from in front of "Come, join the melancholious croon".

    Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold

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