Definition of melancholiac in English:

melancholiac

Line breaks: mel¦an|cho¦liac
Pronunciation: /mɛlənˈkəʊlɪak
 
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noun

  • A person suffering from melancholia or depression: Ovid’s portrayal of Sappho as a desolate melancholiac
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    • The city was inhabited by tall spare melancholiacsM/em> dressed in grey wool.
    • Provided they see and think, even melancholiacs cannot fail to be uplifted by the document.
    • He argues that the melancholiac's self-loathing disguises a hostility towards the lost, beloved object, indicating an underlying ambivalence towards it.

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  • Relating to or suffering from melancholia or depression: another melancholiac drummer turned songwriter
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    • At first the patients are irritable; later, depression of the melancholiac type dominates the clinical picture.
    • The planet Saturn is connected to the melancholiac personality.
    • Did Mr. Follett strike you as a melancholiac type?

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