Definition of sentiment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsen(t)əmənt/


1A view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion: I agree with your sentiments regarding the road bridge
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  • City officials around the world echo the sentiment, according to Public Works Magazine.
  • Our idea echoes your sentiments in the editorial: Learn more, to prepare for the future.
  • Her sentiments were echoed by several other members of the public around Hampton Green, a busy but open grassland area.
view, feeling, attitude, thought, opinion, belief
1.1General feeling or opinion: the council sought steps to control the rise of racist sentiment
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  • Both men lost their cases and seem to have made hardly a dent in the opinions of either their respective presiding judges or public sentiment in general.
  • What better metaphor is there for the general public sentiment in the United States in the 1970s?
  • But the critics were in the minority as mainstream thinking, as well as public sentiment, generally favoured growth.
1.2 archaic The expression of a view or desire especially as formulated for a toast.
2A feeling or emotion: an intense sentiment of horror
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  • Our sentiments of love, hate, fear, anxiety, are each one of them the fertile source of whole series of illustrative dreams.
  • We all share the same sentiments of anger, disgust, and frustration.
  • Smith referred to these emotions as the moral sentiments.
2.1Exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia: many of the appeals rely on treacly sentiment
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  • If they grow jaded, grow bored, or simply prefer sentiment and nostalgia to active participation, the last avenue of escape is closed.
  • Their back-up teams might be more prone to nostalgia and sentiment, especially those who have honed their tallying skills over many the long count.
  • I've just given my new stylus a go and listened to this, for the first time in a while - call it nostalgia or sentiment, but it's hard to pick out one bad cut on this.
sentimentality, sentimentalism, mawkishness, emotionalism;
emotion, sensibility, soft-heartedness, tenderheartedness
informal schmaltz, mush, slushiness, corniness, soppiness, sappiness


Late Middle English (in the senses 'personal experience' and 'physical feeling, sensation'): from Old French sentement, from medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire 'feel'.

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Syllabification: sen·ti·ment

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