Melancholy(adjective)- suggestive or expressive of sadness or depression of mind or spiritsang in a melancholy voice

b: causing or tending to cause sadness or depression of mind or spirit : DISMALa melancholy thought

2a: depressed in spirits :DEJECTED, SAD


This word was¬† encountered in ” A Literary Visitor Strolls in Airport” by Charles McGrath.

the sentence in which the word was used says ” The next morning Mr. Self, who is unusually tall and very thin and has a long, melancholy face he once described as looking ” like a bag full of genitals,” packed his knapsack, rolled a cigarette and, puffing from a Hunter Thompson-style cigarette holder, set off on foot for Manhattan.

The author uses the word Melancholy to describe the gloomy expression on Mr.selfs face.  Melancholy deals with stress and depression, so to describe someone face expression using this word gives the audience and image of someone with a desolate look.

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