Definition of Melancholia

1. Noun. Extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears.

Generic synonyms: Depression
Derivative terms: Melancholic



Definition of Melancholia

1. n. A kind of mental unsoundness characterized by extreme depression of spirits, ill-grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one particular subject or train of ideas.

Definition of Melancholia

1. Noun. Deep sadness or gloom; melancholy ¹

2. Noun. Clinical depression, characterised by irrational fears, guilt and apathy ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Melancholia

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Melancholia

1. A kind of mental unsoundness characterised by extreme depression of spirits, ill-grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one particular subject or train of ideas. Origin: L. See Melancholy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Melancholia

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1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1905)
"Dr. Collins then cited in detail a number of cases of melancholia which ... Whether or not there were such a disease as acute melancholia was of the greater ..."

2. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman, Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) (1902)
"Of forty-four consecutive cases of simple melancholia admitted to a single hospital for the insane, no less than twelve had already attempted suicide; six, ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1891)
"Mendel divides melancholia into three classes. 1. The patients are troubled solely or most strikingly by fear and anxiety regarding the present or future ..."

4. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans G√ľnther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The milder forms, in which the emotional disturbances are slight, are called simple melancholia (melancholia simplex) ; the severer forms are sometimes ..."

5. A Treatise on Mental Diseases by Henry Johns Berkley (1900)
"Indeed, melancholia is usually regarded as the mildest form of intellectual ... melancholia is not infrequently the pre-stage of a deeper intellectual ..."

6. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1900)
"cal history of a case of melancholia-mania even presenting such a relationship, ... melancholia-mania and paranoia on the other hand are related to definite ..."

7. Clinical lectures on mental diseases by Thomas Smith Clouston, Charles Follen Folsom (1884)
"ALL the morbid states of depressed feeling, or, as more commonly expressed, of mental depression, are comprised under the term melancholia. ..."

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