Melancholic describes sadness, or a person who feels this way. Planning to go out dancing after seeing that melancholic movie? Don't be surprised if you feel more like sitting quietly, thinking, instead.

Melancholic means thoughtfully sad — your summer could be melancholic if you spent the whole season feeling blue, or you might have a melancholic friend who seems sad even when he swears he's having a good time. The Greek root melankholia means sadness, but it also means black bile, a bodily secretion believed in Medieval physiology to cause people to feel melancholic.

Definitions of melancholic
  1. adjective
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    “her melancholic smile”
    synonyms: melancholy
    experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness
  2. noun
    someone subject to melancholia
    synonyms: melancholiac
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    type of:
    someone suffering psychological depression
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