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melancholic

[ mel-uhn-kol-ik ]
/ ˌmɛl ənˈkɒl ɪk /
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adjective

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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for melancholic

melancholic
/ (ˌmɛlənˈkɒlɪk) /

adjective

relating to or suffering from melancholy or melancholia

noun

a person who suffers from melancholia

Derived forms of melancholic

melancholically, adverb
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Medical definitions for melancholic

melancholic
[ mĕl′ən-kŏlĭk ]

adj.

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