Melancholia meaning

mĕlən-kōlē-ə
Extreme, persistent sadness or hopelessness; depression. No longer in clinical use.
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Depression of spirits; melancholy.
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Extreme, persistent sadness or hopelessness; depression. No longer in clinical use.
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Deep sadness or gloom; melancholy.
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Clinical depression, characterised by irrational fears, guilt and apathy.
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Origin of melancholia

  • Late Latin melancholy melancholy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin melancholia, which was in turn borrowed from the Ancient Greek medical term μελαγχολία (melankholia, “blackness of the bile").

    From Wiktionary