from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Affected with or subject to melancholy.
- adj. Of or relating to melancholia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Filled with or affected by melancholy—great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.
- n. A person who is habitually melancholy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Given to melancholy; depressed; melancholy; dejected; unhappy.
- n. One affected with a gloomy state of mind.
- n. A gloomy state of mind; melancholy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affected with melancholy; gloomy; hypochondriac.
- Produced by melancholy; expressive or suggestive of melancholy; somber; gloomy; mournful: as, melancholic strains.
- Producing melancholy; unfortunate; causing sorrow.
- n. One who is affected with mental gloom; a hypochondriac; in pathology, one who suffers from melancholia; a melancholiac.
- n. A gloomy state of mind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone subject to melancholia
- adj. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
Whether we identify as melancholic, or a classic Meyers-Briggs Introvert-Sensing-Thinking-Judging, or excuse our disheveled bedroom as a sign of our creativity, we take comfort in classifying our personalities, even as we insist on our individuality.
I will go out on a limb and suggest a certain melancholic mood perchance?
The melancholic is the person whose mum and dad made it impossible for him to maintain the illusion that normally keeps this awareness at bay.
Many great artists — and not only they — were described as melancholic, among them
Rembrandt and Velázquez — was ever described as melancholic and, indeed, showed any traces of the affliction.
This temperament the Elizabethans would have called melancholic; and Hamlet seems to be an example of it, as Lear is of a temperament mixedly choleric and sanguine.
But when I am melancholic, that is how I like to play.
Speaking of Simon, Ritter recalls the melancholic side of that legendary songwriter in the epic "Another New World," as well as his perky side in "Lark."
All in all there are also glimpses especially in the Piano Quartet of a subtle lyrical and romantic aura that produces some ethereal sounds that recall melancholic and mellow moods.
Outfitted primarily with acoustic guitars, bass, and muted drums, their approach can be described as melancholic folk-pop (think Simon & Garfunkel, Ida, or Essex Green).
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