One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Mozart's exquisitely melancholy clarinet concerto’
sad, sorrowful, desolate, melancholic, mournful, lugubrious, gloomy, pensive
despondent, dejected, depressed, depressing, down, downhearted, downcast, disconsolate, glum, sunk in gloom, miserable, wretched, dismal, dispirited, discouraged, low, in low spirits, in the doldrums, blue, morose, funereal, woeful, woebegone, doleful, wistful, unhappy, joyless, heavy-hearted, low-spirited, sombre, defeatist, pessimistic
informal down in the dumps, down in the mouth, morbid
1‘a feeling of melancholy descended on him’
desolation, sadness, pensiveness, woe, sorrow, melancholia
unhappiness, dejection, depression, gloom, gloominess, misery, low spirits, moroseness, doldrums, defeatism, pessimism, dejectedness, dispiritedness, despondency
informal the dumps, the blues
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