Part of speech: noun

A gloomy state of mind; melancholy.

Part of speech: adjective

Of melancholy temperament or character.

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Usage examples "melancholic":

  1. Waves of laughter, scyllas of sarcasm, melancholic whirlpools, Melting in the vast sea of bliss. - "Autobiography of a YOGI", Paramhansa Yogananda.
  2. This artist, who stands apart and produces very little, has signed some interiors of melancholic distinction and of a colouring which revels in low tones. - "The French Impressionists (1860-1900)", Camille Mauclair.
  3. He was a hard- working, hard- reading, rather melancholic man who had never cared much for society and preferred solitude to a club; a fair man, with the face of a student and not over robust, but nevertheless energetic and determined where his duty was concerned. - "The White Sister", F. Marion Crawford.