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Extreme, persistent sadness or hopelessness; depression. No longer in clinical use.

[Late Latin, melancholy; see melancholy.]

mel′an·cho′li·ac (-lē-ăk′) adj. & n.
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Noun1.melancholiac - someone subject to melancholiamelancholiac - someone subject to melancholia  
depressive - someone suffering psychological depression
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Babbitt (1919: 315, 316) insists that this reverie does not even need to be erotic in nature, as in Amiel and Senancour, for instance, we are dealing with a "cosmic revery"; the romantic melancholiac suffers from "atony" (exhaustion) and "aridity," the Rousseauist searching for happiness in an "emotional spontaneity" that is destroyed by the "head" which "stands aloof and dissects and analyzes." Regardless of whether he feels or he thinks (analyzes), the one who falls into this romantic melancholy will be equally incapable of action.
the loss suffered by the melancholiac is that of an object; according to what he says the loss is one in himself" (129).
It becomes a figure for memory itself id thus casts the memorializing poet in the role of a melancholiac. The trouble is that the Angel, a figure fascinated and fixated by melancholy is itself too fascinating and therefore too fixating: it has overwhelmed most of the readers of Benjamin's text.
It is also a cognitive condition, potentially offering powerful insights into the reality the melancholiac inhabits.