sac·cha·rine | \ ˈsa-k(ə-)rən , -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 \ noun

Examples of saccharine in a Sentence

the movie was funny, but it had a saccharine ending in which everyone lives happily ever after

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Besides the menagerie of glittering headpieces, such as Romee Strijd’s Ziegfeld Girl–esque crown of stars, there were a slew of saccharine wigs created by Victoria Hunter, colorist and co-owner of New York City’s Whittemore House Salon. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Model Got a Marilyn Monroe–Inspired Makeover for the Dolce & Gabbana Runway," 9 Apr. 2018 Pistachio triangles had the perfect rich flaky, honeyed (but not overwhelmingly saccharine) balance; bird’s nests, made with crunchy-crisp shredded filo, were even better. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Halal cuisine has blossomed around Sacramento. Here's a rundown of places to check out," 29 June 2018 Okay Kaya, offers softly sung lyrics that simultaneously skew sarcastic and soberingly real, set to saccharine bedroom-pop melodies largely produced in collaboration with her boyfriend Aaron Maine of Porches. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Rising Artist is Getting Startlingly Honest About Depression—One Album and Instagram at a Time," 13 June 2018 Need some counterprogramming to the saccharine and the schlocky? Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘This Close’ and ‘When We First Met’," 14 Feb. 2018 His new venture seemed to be an unholy mix of the former’s lawless arrogance and the latter’s saccharine branding. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters," 6 June 2018 But his association with saccharine Disney vibes extends only as far as his music. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Disney remixer Pogo can’t walk back his homophobic comments on YouTube," 1 June 2018 Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Peach Fuzz ($19) strikes a sweet, not saccharine, note. Laurie Simmons, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eyes Wide Open: An Inside Look At Laurie Simmons’ New Exhibition," 18 May 2018 Mesrobian has an eye for detail — the theme parks’ love of holiday overlays, the course backstage humor that compensates for the saccharine blandness beloved onstage. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: Callbacks - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of saccharine

: 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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