[mel-uh n-kol-ik]


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

Nearby words

  1. melampus,
  2. melan-,
  3. melancholia,
  4. melancholia attonita,
  5. melancholiac,
  6. melancholy,
  7. melanchthon,
  8. melanedema,
  9. melanesia,
  10. melanesian

Origin of melancholic

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

Related formsmel·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for melancholic



relating to or suffering from melancholy or melancholia


a person who suffers from melancholia
Derived Formsmelancholically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for melancholic



late 14c., from melancholy + -ic, or else from Late Latin melancholicus, from Greek melankholikos "choleric," from melankholia "sadness" (see melancholy). As a noun, from 1580s. Earlier adjective formation was melancholian (mid-14c.), and melancholiac (mid-19c.) also was tried.

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Medicine definitions for melancholic




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

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