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Melancholy Jacques

(1 syl.). So Jean Jacques Rousseau was called for his morbid sensibilities and unhappy spirit. (1712-1777.) The expression is from Shakespeare, As You Like It, ii. 1.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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