from The Century Dictionary.

  • Low spirits; depression of mind.
  • [With allusion to the apparitions of such delirium.] Delirium tremens.

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  • noun idiomatic low spirits; depression

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  • noun a state of depression


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    September 3, 2008

  • A fortnight was pretty well without seeing a soul but my keeper, who had orders that I should want for nothing in the bread and water way! Whenever he made his appearance I was inclined to be sociable, and to parley a little to get rid of the blue devils; but this majestic minister was above reply, he was mum!

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 12

    September 12, 2008