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

Definition of melancholiac in English:


A person suffering from melancholia or depression: Ovid’s portrayal of Sappho as a desolate melancholiac
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  • He argues that the melancholiac's self-loathing disguises a hostility towards the lost, beloved object, indicating an underlying ambivalence towards it.
  • Do these films transform us into male melancholiacs, or are we merely passive spectators?
  • I would argue that Max is a secret melancholiac: he cannot commence mourning because he has not acknowledged that he lost something in the crash.


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Relating to or suffering from melancholia or depression: another melancholiac drummer turned songwriter
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  • The ranks of mannerist musicians furnish numerous instances of melancholiac and eccentric artists.
  • The narrative returns to human losses and the melancholiac recapitulations of grief.
  • Did Mr. Follett strike you as a melancholiac type?
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