Definition of sentiment in English:

sentiment

Line breaks: sen¦ti|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntɪm(ə)nt
 
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noun

1A view or opinion that is held or expressed: 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [mass noun] General 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.
1.2A 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.
Synonyms
1.3 archaic The expression of a view or desire especially as formulated for a toast.
2 [mass noun] Exaggerated 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.
Synonyms
sentimentality, mawkishness, over-sentimentality, emotionalism, overemotionalism, sentimentalism;
emotion, sensibility, finer feelings, tender feelings, tenderness, softness, soft-heartedness, tender-heartedness;
British tweeness
British informal soppiness
North American informal sappiness, hokeyness

Origin

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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