Definition of melancholic in English:



  • 1Feeling or expressing pensive sadness.

    ‘his work often has a wistful or melancholic mood’
    ‘a haunting, melancholic melody’
    • ‘Shot in a peculiar and dreamlike blue-and-white color scheme, the entire film feels wet and melancholic, like a fevered dream.’
    • ‘Typically his work is elegantly drawn, with a melancholic air.’
    • ‘His intense, poetic depictions of northern scenery have become a byword for a melancholic, spiritually inspired attitude to nature.’
    • ‘She is accompanied by the sound of a melancholic piano.’
    • ‘He plays with sharp alternations of mood, from the high-spirited to the melancholic in a single sentence or musical cue.’
    • ‘In the end, the air of melancholic reverie begins to get a little cloying.’
    • ‘A thread of melancholic romanticism ran through much of the work on view.’
    • ‘Several film noir techniques are used to enhance the film's melancholic bleakness.’
    • ‘Through its melancholic denial of the infirmities of age, this story affirms the possibility of making reparations for the past.’
    • ‘The unsmiling subjects in his deeply shadowed, melancholic portraits seem drained of emotion, perhaps worn out by life's events.’
    1. 1.1 Suffering from or denoting a severe form of depression.
      ‘patients with melancholic depression’
      • ‘The authors analyzed data on 664 patients with either severe, melancholic, or recurrent depression.’
      • ‘They retrospectively contrasted the treatment responses of these substances in a group of depressed melancholic geriatric inpatients with severe cardiovascular disease.’
      • ‘It is often suggested that endogenous or melancholic depressions are more severe forms of depression.’
      • ‘The sample was largely melancholic, most had separation anxiety, and 96 percent had been ill for more than two years.’
      • ‘Freud describes the melancholic person's relationship to the lost object, which is preserved via the process of identification.’
      • ‘The diagnosis of endogenous depression is comparable to major depressive disorder with melancholic features.’
      • ‘These data suggest that SSRIs produce modest response rates in elderly patients regardless of whether they have a melancholic diagnosis.’
      • ‘Fifty-five percent of the patients were diagnosed as melancholic.’
      • ‘There is now substantial evidence that suggests that SSRIs are less effective in the treatment of the melancholic subtype of major depressive disorder.’
      • ‘This is the most robust treatment response for a SSRI in a melancholic population.’