[mel-uh n-kol-ik]

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for melancholically


  1. relating to or suffering from melancholy or melancholia
  1. a person who suffers from melancholia
Derived Formsmelancholically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for melancholically



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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melancholically in Medicine


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