melancholia

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin melancholia, which was in turn borrowed from the Ancient Greek medical term μελαγχολία (melankholía, blackness of the bile).

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Noun[edit]

melancholia (countable and uncountable, plural melancholias)

  1. Deep sadness or gloom; melancholy.
    Synonyms: gloom, melancholy, sadness
  2. (pathology) Clinical depression, characterised by irrational fears, guilt and apathy.

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