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[mel-uh n-kol-ik] /ˌmɛl ənˈkɒl ɪk/
disposed to or affected with melancholy; gloomy.
of, relating to, or affected with melancholia.
Origin of melancholic
1350-1400; Middle English melancolik < Latin melancholicus < Greek melancholikós. See melancholy, -ic
Related forms
melancholically, adverb
unmelancholic, adjective
unmelancholically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for melancholic
  • It was all meant to imply a sort of melancholic emotionalism.
  • The animation is wonderful and the tale, while tragic and melancholic at times, is engaging and enjoyable.
  • He's dour, frequently grumpy, sometimes melancholic.
  • Warning: this time-travel adventure has a melancholic edge.
  • It has a fascinating but also rather melancholic history.
  • Tango is a perfect definition because it's melancholic.
  • What emerges is the portrait of a prolific, somewhat melancholic artist.
  • Beth is in and out of mental hospitals with melancholic episodes.
  • And he's melancholic too, so torn up about success that you begin to worry he'll undermine himself.
  • It was cold, had bad lighting and a sad, melancholic atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for melancholic


relating to or suffering from melancholy or melancholia
a person who suffers from melancholia
Derived Forms
melancholically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for melancholic

late 14c., from melancholy + -ic, or else from Late Latin melancholicus, from Greek melankholikos "choleric," from melankholia "sadness" (see melancholy). As a noun, from 1580s. Earlier adjective formation was melancholian (mid-14c.), and melancholiac (mid-19c.) also was tried.

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melancholic in Medicine

melancholic mel·an·chol·ic (měl'ən-kŏl'ĭk)

  1. Affected with or being subject to melancholy.

  2. Of or relating to melancholia.

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