noun sen·ti·ment \ˈsen-tə-mənt\

: an attitude or opinion

: feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.

Full Definition of SENTIMENT

a :  an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling :  predilection
b :  a specific view or notion :  opinion
a :  emotion
b :  refined feeling :  delicate sensibility especially as expressed in a work of art
c :  emotional idealism
d :  a romantic or nostalgic feeling verging on sentimentality
a :  an idea colored by emotion
b :  the emotional significance of a passage or expression as distinguished from its verbal context

Examples of SENTIMENT

  1. His criticism of the court's decision expresses a sentiment that is shared by many people.
  2. an expression of antiwar sentiments
  3. She likes warmth and sentiment in a movie.
  4. You have to be tough to succeed in the business world. There's no room for sentiment.


French or Medieval Latin; French, from Medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire
First Known Use: 1639

Synonym Discussion of SENTIMENT

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it <the feelings that once moved me are gone>. emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses <the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence>. affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings <a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family>. sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea <her feminist sentiments are well known>. passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion <revenge became his ruling passion>.

opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute <each expert seemed to have a different opinion>. view suggests a subjective opinion <very assertive in stating his views>. belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent <a firm belief in her party's platform>. conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief <the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human>. persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth <was of the persuasion that everything changes>. sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings <her feminist sentiments are well-known>.
SENTIMENT Defined for Kids


noun sen·ti·ment \ˈsen-tə-mənt\

Definition of SENTIMENT for Kids

:  a thought or attitude influenced by feeling <a strong religious sentiment>
:  opinion 1
:  tender feelings of affection
Medical Dictionary


noun sen·ti·ment \ˈsent-ə-mənt\

Medical Definition of SENTIMENT

:  an attitude, thought, or judgment colored or prompted by feeling or emotion
:  emotion 2, feeling 2


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