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1. Affected with or subject to melancholy.
2. Of or relating to melancholia.

mel′an·chol′ic n.
mel′an·chol′i·cal·ly adv.
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[ˌmelənˈkɒlɪklɪ] ADVmelancólicamente
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Julie's private drama is connected to politics through her and her husband's music, which commemorates not just honorable wishes for Europe but also, more melancholically, the honored dead.
Among the works offered by Salomon Lilian is an intriguing Self-Portrait of the Artist in his Studio by the Golden Age Dutch genre painter Pieter Codde (1599-1678); the artist is depicted tuning a lute, looking a little melancholically at the viewer as he turns away from the conspicuously blank canvas on the easel before him.
In the last stanza, the speaker melancholically reflects on the brevity of the flower's existence.
On star-studded nights, when owls hooted melancholically from forbidding firs, silvery moonbeams illuminated tall tombstones and slabbed sepulchres inside the derelict church's wizened walls.
When the team was two goals down to Newcastle, he was coiling his tail as he melancholically sipped from his bottle at a dark corner.
Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner yearned, at one level, to return to a Victorian style of manhood that incorporated ways of being associated with women, but that, in their work, this longing was overcome by a more dominant tendency to devalue non-normative forms of manhood, which they surrendered melancholically, in so-called manly valorizations of despair, to the social pressures of modernity they conceived of as irresistible.
If, as Fiol-Matta has argued, the reunion of body and soul in the poem is signified melancholically through its use of the first-person singular and feminine markers in the last verse of the Primero sueno, the Minyades and their joyous transgression offer an alternative point of entry into the poem's silvas, whose meter, as has been widely commented, alludes to wild forest growths.
But most of us in this part of the world do ignore their plight and move away melancholically?
Hence, any philosophy that is melancholically attached to epistemological dualism and eager to build a celestial temple for human intelligence, a sacred citadel that protects it against any kind of empirical serfdom, is condemned to capitulate sooner or later.
Art takes on the processual (and obsessional) character of geological specimen collecting--as the bric-a-brac of Kenyon's studio suggests (3)--its successes and failures hanging on the problem of preservation, on the dialectic of loss and gain inherent in the exchange of mortal life for petrified ruin, no matter how melancholically beautiful the latter.
In the long and extremely contradictory iconography of mechanomorph figures in the twentieth-century avant-gardes, from Brancusi to de Chirico, Schlemmer to Bellmer, either machinic men had triumphantly announced the collectivization of the industrial workforce or tailor's dummies had melancholically deplored the inevitably fetishistic features of reified patriarchal bourgeois subjectivity.