melancholic

adjective mel·an·chol·ic \ ˌme-lən-ˈkä-lik \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

melancholic

noun

Examples of melancholic in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of melancholic

14th century

melancholic Synonyms

Synonyms
bad, blue, brokenhearted, cast down, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, droopy, forlorn, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, heavyhearted, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, sad, melancholy, miserable, mournful, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched
Antonyms
blissful, buoyant, buoyed, cheerful, cheery, chipper, delighted, glad, gladdened, gladsome, gleeful, happy, joyful, joyous, jubilant, sunny, upbeat
Related Words
aggrieved, distressed, troubled, uneasy, unquiet, upset, worried; despairing, hopeless, sunk; disappointed, discouraged, disheartened, dispirited; suicidal; dolorous, lachrymose, lugubrious, plaintive, tearful; regretful, rueful; agonized, anguished, grieving, wailing, weeping; black, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, desolate, dismal, drear, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), funereal, gray (also grey), morbid, morose, murky, saturnine, somber (or sombre), sullen
Near Antonyms
ecstatic, elated, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, exuberant, exultant, overjoyed, rapturous, rhapsodic (also rhapsodical); blithe, blithesome, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, lightsome, merry, mirthful; excited, thrilled; hopeful, optimistic, rosy, sanguine; encouraged, heartened; animated, bouncing, energetic, frisky, jaunty, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightful, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy; content, gratified, pleased, satisfied; beaming, grinning, laughing, smiling; boon, carefree, careless, cavalier, devil-may-care, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, insouciant, lighthearted, unconcerned

MELANCHOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

melancholic

adjective

Definition of melancholic for English Language Learners

  • : very sad


Medical Dictionary

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melancholic

adjective mel·an·chol·ic \ ˌmel-ən-ˈkäl-ik \

medical Definition of melancholic

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

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melancholic

noun

medical Definition of melancholic

1 : a melancholy person


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