from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person affected with melancholia; a melancholy maniac.

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  • noun someone subject to melancholia


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  • He went so far as to question Scripture: "If there are thus no other signs necessary to demon possession, than those which are described by the Evangelists, [then] every epileptic, melancholiac, phrenetic, will have the devil in their body: and there will be more demoniacs in the world than fools."

    Carleton Cunningham: The Devil and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century France

  • The posture and expression remind us at once of the katatonia which is symptomatic of dementia præcox and other stuporose and melancholiac conditions in adult life.

    The Nervous Child

  • I daresay I _am_ -- but I _do_ object to being made out a hopeless melancholiac!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, August 29, 1891

  • If a melancholiac is able to do anything he wants, whom can he accuse?

    How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

  • This blubberer who had followed me home in the snow, yes this insufferable melancholiac who rained his tears into my Heaven -- Mallare would have killed him.

    Fantazius Mallare A Mysterious Oath

  • She was as used to loneliness as a hotel melancholiac; the people they had known had drifted away to far suburbs.

    The Innocents A Story for Lovers

  • A saint in ecstasy is as motionless and irresponsive and one-idea'd as a melancholiac.

    Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals

  • I do not know, even now as I write, how it was that Sir Edmund met his end, whether he had killed himself, as I think -- for he was of a melancholiac disposition, as was his father and his grandfather before him -- or whether, as indeed I think possible, he was murdered by the very man who swore so many Catholic lives away, by way of giving colour to his own designs -- for if a man will swear away twenty lives, what should hinder him from taking one?


  • A melancholiac’s first memory is generally something like this: I remember I wanted to lie on the couch, but my brother was lying there.

    How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

  • Crocodiles and rattlesnakes and pythons are at this moment vessels of life as real as we are; their loathsome existence fills every minute of every day that drags its length along; and whenever they or other wild beasts clutch their living prey, the deadly horror which an agitated melancholiac feels is the literally right reaction on the situation. [

    The Varieties of Religious Experience


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