[ mel-uhn-kol-ik ]
/ ˌmɛl ənˈkɒl ɪk /
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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 melancholicmel·an·chol·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mel·an·chol·ic, adjectiveun·mel·an·chol·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use melancholic in a sentence
The young girl shook her head melancholically, made no answer, and continued to gaze at the sky.The Poniard's Hilt|Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for melancholic
/ (ˌmɛlənˈkɒlɪk) /
relating to or suffering from melancholy or melancholia
a person who suffers from melancholia
Derived forms of melancholicmelancholically, adverb
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