Definition of sentiment in English:


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1.3 archaic The expression of a view or desire especially as formulated for a toast.


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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