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

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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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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“Melancholic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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