sac·​cha·​rine | \ ˈsa-k(ə-)rən How to pronounce saccharine (audio) , -kə-ˌrēn, -kə-ˌrīn \

Definition of saccharine

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar saccharine taste
b : yielding or containing sugar saccharine vegetables
2 : overly or sickishly sweet saccharine flavor
3 : ingratiatingly or affectedly agreeable or friendly
4 : overly sentimental : mawkish a saccharine love story

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Other Words from saccharine

saccharinity \ ˌsa-​kə-​ˈri-​nə-​tē How to pronounce saccharine (audio) \ noun

Examples of saccharine in a Sentence

the movie was funny, but it had a saccharine ending in which everyone lives happily ever after
Recent Examples on the Web Mighty Ducks series, whose saccharine content is likely to be through the roof. Judy Berman, Time, "The 5 Best New Shows Our TV Critic Watched in February 2021," 26 Feb. 2021 Instead of offering booming special effects or a saccharine love story, The White Tiger speaks to conversations relating to access and power. Priya Rao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Pulls Back the Curtain," 25 Jan. 2021 Layer in muted mauves, deeper shades of burgundy, and hits of black to transform an otherwise saccharine, sweet, and ultra-femme palette into something with an ample dose of dark romance. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Most Daring Color Palettes for Spring Weddings," 13 Jan. 2021 And that’s the appeal of these saccharine foodstuffs, too. New York Times, "Sensational Sweets of the Imagination," 21 Dec. 2020 Featuring decent production values and a solid script, this film stands out from the pack because of strong performances and romantic leads that are adorable without being saccharine. Rochelle O'gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Holiday TV shows bring the comfy and cozy – and better reflect society," 4 Dec. 2020 Overly saccharine, riven with a hollow and superficial sort of patriotism, simultaneously overproduced and deeply unimpressive. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Bernie Offers Biden His Last Hurrah," 17 Aug. 2020 Walter’s fiction has a capacity for earnestness that doesn’t feel saccharine or dated. Antonia Hitchens, WSJ, "Jess Walter’s ‘The Cold Millions’ Is a Hometown Ode," 22 Oct. 2020 Like other pop-punk bands whose saccharine musings soundtracked the mid-2000s, Panic! Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Audacity of Panic! at the Disco’s Debut Album," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of saccharine

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for saccharine

Latin saccharum

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The first known use of saccharine was circa 1674

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3 Mar 2021

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“Saccharine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of saccharine

formal : too sweet or sentimental : sweet or sentimental in a way that does not seem sincere or genuine


sac·​cha·​rine | \ ˈsak-(ə-)rən also -ə-ˌrēn or -ə-ˌrīn \

Medical Definition of saccharine

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar saccharine taste
b : yielding or containing sugar a saccharine fluid
2 : overly or sickeningly sweet saccharine flavor

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