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melancholy (adj) sad and causing sadness.
Melancholy thoughts are sad thoughts. A melancholy atmosphere is a sad atmosphere. Sad memories are melancholy memories. A sorrowful song is a melancholy song.
- The melancholy song heard in the stillness of the night made her feel very sad, and even after she stopped hearing it, she was in a mood of sorrow.
- The childhood of the guitarist was sad. Whenever he got the memories of those melancholy days, he would play the guitar and forget his sorrows in the music.