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noun sen·ti·ment \ˈsen-tə-mənt\

Simple Definition of sentiment

  • : an attitude or opinion

  • : feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sentiment

  1. 1a :  an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling :  predilectionb :  a specific view or notion :  opinion

  2. 2a :  emotionb :  refined feeling :  delicate sensibility especially as expressed in a work of artc :  emotional idealismd :  a romantic or nostalgic feeling verging on sentimentality

  3. 3a :  an idea colored by emotionb :  the emotional significance of a passage or expression as distinguished from its verbal context

Examples of sentiment in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of 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 Students

  1. 1 :  a thought or attitude influenced by feeling <a strong religious sentiment>

  2. 2 :  opinion 1

  3. 3 :  tender feelings of affection

Medical Dictionary


noun sen·ti·ment \ˈsent-ə-mənt\

Medical Definition of sentiment

  1. 1:  an attitude, thought, or judgment colored or prompted by feeling or emotion

  2. 2:  emotion 2, feeling 2

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