Definition of saccharine in English:


Line breaks: sac¦char|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈsakərʌɪn
, -ɪn, -iːn/


another term for saccharin.
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  • In 1926 the artificial sweetener saccharine was popularized.
  • Until recently we resorted to artificial sweeteners such as saccharine or aspartame, but never felt good about it.
  • In Japan, Korea, and China, it is used extensively in lieu of saccharine and aspartame.


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1Excessively sweet or sentimental: saccharine music
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  • But very often the sentiments expressed are saccharine.
  • But what saves it from saccharine sentimentality is that Meany is used as a means of exposing not just the hypocrisies of small town life but the larger follies of post-war America.
  • Ford relates the sentiment, humour and more grandiose moral of the story very effectively, but manages always to keep things sweet and never saccharine.
sentimental, over-sentimental, over-emotional, mawkish, cloying, sickly, sugary, syrupy, sickening, nauseating, maudlin, lachrymose, banal, trite
British informal soppy, twee
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky
2 dated Relating to or containing sugar; sugary.
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  • Just as remarkable is the gingery, tart-sweet plum sauce (usually a saccharine affair) served with Republic Square's miniature fried egg rolls.
  • Rosanna had always smelled of roses and saccharine peppermint.
  • Diet Coke's path to glory was paved by the long-forgotten Tab, whose bitter, saccharine flavor first hit the market in 1963, and can be considered the gateway drug to diet colas.


late 17th century: from modern Latin saccharum + -ine1.

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