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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The models look melancholic and introspective against a stark Mono County landscape. Teen Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta and Ugg Released the Campaign for Their Autumn Winter 2019 Collaboration," 7 Aug. 2019 This is one of many laugh out loud moments in Tarantino’s ode to Hollywood that manages to be melancholic, hilarious and suspenseful all at once. Laura Demarco,, "Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant, audacious “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brings 1969 to vivid life (review)," 24 July 2019 So bring a box of tissues or dried out makeup wipes and settle in for some melancholic film-watching. Erin Donnelly,, "These Heartbreaking Films Are Guaranteed To Make You Cry," 12 June 2019 My work has a very melancholic and introvert feeling to it, which is very much a Finnish personality trait—and a Finnish aesthetic trait as well. Vogue, "In Helsinki, an International Jury Singles Out the Work of MA Student Ines Kalliala," 31 May 2019 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Review: Understanding a Complex Aesthetic," 28 July 2018 These patients tended to be pessimistic, resigned, worried and withdrawn, the researchers noted, like Eeyore, the melancholic gray donkey from Winnie-the-Pooh.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

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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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