Melancholy and Plaintive


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Melancholy adjective – Feeling unhappiness.
Usage example: she was a bit melancholy after her youngest child left for college

Plaintive is a synonym for melancholy in sad topic. In some cases you can use "Plaintive" instead an adjective "Melancholy".
Nearby Words: melancholic, melancholia
Synonyms for Melancholy


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Plaintive adjective – Expressing or suggesting mourning.
Usage example: the puppy's plaintive expression after we put the toy away was rather amusing

Melancholy is a synonym for plaintive in sad topic. You can use "Melancholy" instead an adjective "Plaintive", if it concerns topics such as sorrowful, mournful, pathetic.
Nearby Words: plaint, plaintively
Synonyms for Plaintive

Things that words describes

note melancholy note plaintive note
song melancholy song plaintive song
ballad melancholy ballad plaintive ballad
strings melancholy strings plaintive strings
Other nouns: ballads.
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