Melancholy vs Wistfulness - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between melancholy and wistfulness

is that melancholy is (historical) black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies while wistfulness is the state or characteristic of being wistful.

As an adjective melancholy

is affected with great sadness or depression.

melancholy

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Affected with great sadness or depression.
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    Synonyms

    * (thoughtful sadness) (l) * See also

    Noun

    (melancholies)
  • (historical) Black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies.
  • *, Bk.I, New York 2001, p.148:
  • Melancholy , cold and dry, thick, black, and sour,is a bridle to the other two hot humours, blood and choler, preserving them in the blood, and nourishing the bones.
  • Great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.
  • * 1593 , (William Shakespeare), , V. i. 34:
  • My mind was troubled with deep melancholy .

    wistfulness

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • The state or characteristic of being wistful.
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