Melancholy vs. Sorrow

Melancholy vs. Sorrow — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Melancholy and Sorrow

Melancholynoun

Sadness or depression of the spirits; gloom.

Sorrownoun

Mental suffering caused by loss, disappointment, or misfortune, or an instance of this

tried to assuage her sorrows.

Melancholynoun

Pensive reflection or contemplation.

Sorrownoun

A source or cause of sorrow; a misfortune

"I must struggle through my sorrows and difficulties as I can" (Jane Austen).

Melancholynoun

Black bile.

Sorrownoun

Expression of sorrow, or an instance of this

I listened to his sorrows.

Melancholynoun

An emotional state characterized by sullenness and outbreaks of violent anger, believed to arise from an excess of black bile.

Sorrowverb

To feel or express sorrow.

Melancholyadjective

Feeling, showing, or expressing depression of the spirits; sad or dejected.

Sorrownoun

(uncountable) unhappiness, woe

Melancholyadjective

Causing or tending to cause sadness or gloom

a letter with some melancholy news.

Sorrownoun

(countable) usually in plural An instance or cause of unhappiness.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Melancholyadjective

Pensive; thoughtful.

Sorrowverb

(intransitive) To feel or express grief.

Melancholyadjective

(literary) Affected with great sadness or depression.

Melancholy people don't talk much.

Sorrowverb

(transitive) To feel grief over; to mourn, regret.

Melancholynoun

(historical) Black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies.

Sorrownoun

an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement;

he tried to express his sorrow at her loss

Melancholynoun

Great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.

Sorrownoun

sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment;

he drank to drown his sorrowshe wrote a note expressing his regretto his rue, the error cost him the game

Melancholynoun

a feeling of thoughtful sadness

Sorrownoun

something that causes great unhappiness;

her death was a great grief to John

Melancholynoun

a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

Sorrownoun

the state of being sad;

she tired of his perpetual sadness

Melancholynoun

a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

Sorrowverb

feel grief; eat one's heart out

Melancholyadjective

characterized by or causing or expressing sadness;

growing more melancholy every hourher melancholic smilewe acquainted him with the melancholy truth