mel·​an·​chol·​ic | \ ˌme-lən-ˈkä-lik How to pronounce melancholic (audio) \

Definition of melancholic

1 : of, relating to, or subject to melancholy : depressed
2 : of or relating to melancholia
3 : tending to depress the spirits : saddening

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Other Words from melancholic

melancholic noun

Examples of melancholic in a Sentence

she becomes quite melancholic when she reflects on all the lost opportunities of her life

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Aedes perfumery does an excellent job of creating melancholic scenes that look like they've been arranged by someone with a forever broken heart. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Can Halloween Home Decor Be Chic? These Items Make the Case," 26 Oct. 2018 The performance aspect is the backbone of American Vandal’s second season and, naturally, immediately sets a more melancholic tone. Karen Han, Vox, "American Vandal season 2 is a little more serious — but in a good way," 14 Sep. 2018 Autumn leaves and her unfinished embroidery convey the melancholic passage of time. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters’ Review: Understanding a Complex Aesthetic," 28 July 2018 These patients tended to be pessimistic, resigned, worried and withdrawn, the researchers noted, like Eeyore, the melancholic gray donkey from Winnie-the-Pooh. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Are You a ‘Type D’ Athlete? Relax and Ask for Help," 23 May 2018 But what makes this exhibition so intriguing is not the sublime but a counter-sublime, turning us away from landscape and toward a melancholic message sounded within it, implicated by figures seen, human and animal: the Indian and the bison. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West’ Review: Where the Sublime Joins the Melancholy," 25 June 2018 His volumes of poetry and prose are crass and melancholic, vengeful eulogies for a nation on fire. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018 These accompanying objects lend the composition a mildly melancholic sense of mortality. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "From the studio to the gallery," 8 June 2018 Lee, who was accidently shot and killed on the set of the film in 1993, played the central role of Eric Draven with a melancholic vigor that hit home with audiences. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of melancholic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melancholic

Middle English malencolic, melancolyk "consisting of or caused by black bile, irascible, gloomy," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French melancolique, borrowed from Latin melancholicus, borrowed from Greek melancholikós, from melancholía "black bile, melancholy entry 1" + -ikos -ic entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of melancholic

old-fashioned + literary : very sad


mel·​an·​chol·​ic | \ ˌmel-ən-ˈkäl-ik How to pronounce melancholic (audio) \

Medical Definition of melancholic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or subject to melancholy : depressed
2 : of or relating to melancholia



Medical Definition of melancholic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a melancholy person

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