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maudlin

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːdlɪn
 
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Definition of maudlin in English:

adjective

1Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental: a bout of maudlin self-pity
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
sentimental, over-sentimental, emotional, overemotional, tearful, lachrymose
informal weepy
1.1(Of a book, film, or song) highly sentimental: a maudlin jukebox tune
More example sentences
  • This is a maudlin film about life, love and… well, you get the picture.
  • This film is maudlin where the original was tough, antiseptic where the original was gritty.
  • However, she left no mark on film history, not one of her films is a work of art and nowhere did she leave an indelible image of an artist who transcended her maudlin material.
Synonyms
mawkish, sentimental, over-sentimental, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, syrupy, sickening, nauseating, banal, trite;
British twee
British informal soppy
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun denoting Mary Magdalen): from Old French Madeleine, from Church Latin Magdalena (see magdalen). The current sense derives from allusion to pictures of Mary Magdalen weeping.

Words that rhyme with maudlin

Magdalen

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