1
: relating to or promoting an often specious sense of satisfaction or well-being
a feel-good reform program that makes no changes
2
: cheerfully sentimental
a feel-good movie

Examples of feel-good in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are feel-good stories; Hanna breezes over many of the challenges of life in the camp, including the troubles faced by people with disabilities or major medical problems. Andrew Leon Hanna, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But without moderation, an overreliance on the feel-good chemical hit could be the factor that leads to an increase in water intake and overhydration. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 Jon Park’s rise in the restaurant industry is as heartwarming as the creations on his feel-good menu. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 That said, the feel-good nature of the 2023 success will give way to the roster reality of 2024: Northwestern needs help, and plenty of it. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 In the years since its 2020 launch, the brand has grown to a full collection of offerings, and Keys has recently partnered with the Amazon Premium Beauty Store to bring its feel-good selections to an even wider audience. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Those burdensome things didn’t endear him to many and with him now a distant memory, the page can be turned on a chapter that wound up having more of a horror show vibe than a feel-good script. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 For drivers, hybrids have the feel-good factor of burning less fossil fuel than normal cars—friendlier on the environment and the pocketbook—without the range anxiety, charging issues, and resale value of EVs. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Another reason for the movie’s success was its feel-good nature and underdog story, especially during the film’s climax when Hill attends a professional tryout in front of legendary scout Red Murff. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of feel-good was in 1972

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“Feel-good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feel-good. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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feel-good

adjective
ˈfēl-ˌgu̇d
1
: relating to or promoting an often false sense of satisfaction or well-being
2
: cheerfully sentimental
a feel-good movie

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