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maudlin Syllabification: maud·lin
Pronunciation: /ˈmôdlən/

Definition of maudlin in English:


Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness: the drink made her maudlin a maudlin ballad
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  • He is by turns violent, sentimental, maudlin, self-pitying, and sadistic, and has a fine line in rhetoric.
  • I spent the day under a cloud of self-pity and maudlin nostalgia.
  • It could have been maudlin and self-pitying, and none of that was there.
sentimental, oversentimental, emotional, overemotional, tearful, lachrymose
informal weepy, misty-eyed
informal tearjerker, tearjerking, mushy, slushy, sloppy, schmaltzy, cheesy, corny, soppy, cornball, three-hankie


Late Middle English (as a noun denoting Mary Magdalen): from Old French Madeleine, from ecclesiastical Latin Magdalena (see magdalene). The sense of the adjective derives from allusion to pictures of Mary Magdalen weeping.

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