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English definition of “melancholic”

melancholic

adjective uk   /ˌmel.əŋˈkɒl.ɪk/ us    /-ˈkɑː.lɪk/ formal
expressing feelings of sadness: a melancholic expression melancholic songsFeeling sad and unhappy
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