1. Relating to or characteristic of melancholia. 2. Formerly, denoting a temperament characterized by irritability and a pessimistic outlook. 3. A person who is exhibiting melancholia.

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mel·an·chol·ic .mel-ən-'käl-ik adj
1) of, relating to, or subject to melancholy: DEPRESSED
2) of or relating to melancholia
melancholic n
1) a melancholy person

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