[ mel-uh n-kol-ik ]
/ ˌmɛl ənˈkɒl ɪk /


disposed to or affected with melancholy; gloomy.
of, relating to, or affected with melancholia.

Origin of melancholic

1350–1400; Middle English melancolik < Latin melancholicus < Greek melancholikós. See melancholy, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM melancholic

mel·an·chol·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mel·an·chol·ic, adjectiveun·mel·an·chol·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for melancholic

/ (ˌmɛlənˈkɒlɪk) /


relating to or suffering from melancholy or melancholia


a person who suffers from melancholia

Derived forms of melancholic

melancholically, adverb
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Medical definitions for melancholic

[ mĕl′ən-kŏlĭk ]


Affected with or being subject to melancholy.
Of or relating to melancholia.
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