melancholic

adjective

mel·​an·​chol·​ic ˌme-lən-ˈkä-lik How to pronounce melancholic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or subject to melancholy : depressed
2
: of or relating to melancholia
3
: tending to depress the spirits : saddening
melancholic noun

Examples of melancholic in a Sentence

she becomes quite melancholic when she reflects on all the lost opportunities of her life
Recent Examples on the Web Such melancholic moments arrive more frequently now that Palmer is 78. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 25 Mar. 2024 In a crowded field, Cuadras has distinguished himself from other acts by staying away from the melancholic ballads and trap beats that audiences have gravitated toward. Cerys Davies, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 The document that largely defined American foreign policy through the Cold War years was written anonymously by a prickly and melancholic Midwesterner who spent much of the rest of his life disavowing the repercussions of his work. Richard Babcock, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2024 While Bing’s heartfelt lyrics consider life’s challenges and triumphs, the music itself blends melancholic tones with soft, soulful harmonies set against calming acoustics. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for melancholic 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of melancholic was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Melancholic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melancholic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

melancholic

1 of 2 adjective
mel·​an·​chol·​ic ˌmel-ən-ˈkäl-ik How to pronounce melancholic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or subject to melancholy : depressed
2
: of or relating to melancholia

melancholic

2 of 2 noun
1
: a melancholy person
2

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